Dominican Independence is celebrated on February 27. The carnival in Santo Domingo takes place the Sunday after that, on the Malecon. But, the best carnival celebrations happen in La Vega. Every Sunday, in the month of February, everyone gathers to watch the explosion of color and costumes, culminating with the grand-finale on the last Sunday of February. If you can brave thousands of people, then you should definitely check it out, if you can.
Below are some photos from carnival celebrations, past & present.