After a break due to Covid-19, the Vegan Carnival returns for thousands of tourists to enjoy parades of carnival troupes, music, lights and sound every Sunday in February and Monday, February 27.
As every year, its organizers promise an organized, innovative and attractive spectacle for all citizens who travel from other parts of the country to the “Cult and Olympic City” to witness all the color and splendor of the cojuelos devils, which from the so-called caves leave at 3 in the afternoon and fill its members with energy.
For Roberto Javier, an expert in Tourism and with more than 20 years of experience moving people from Santo Domingo to La VegaIt is already a tradition that each year Eventours RD and other agencies transport thousands of people to enjoy this cultural heritage. In addition, that this event stimulates trade in the city of La Vega.
The popular festival will take place on Sundays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, with a grand closing on Monday, February 27, announced Roberto Rodríguez, CEO of Grupo Medrano, during the launch of the 2023 edition on Monday night at the Intercontinental Hotel of Santo Domingo.
Roberto Rodríguez also announced a good part of the artists that this year will play the music for the Vegan Carnival on February 5, 12, 19, 26 and 27: Toño Rosario, Omega, Alajazá, Don Miguelo, Bulin 47, Mozart La Para, Chimbala, Angel Dior, Raulín Rodríguez, Frank Reyes, Héctor Acosta (El Torito) and as international Guest the American rapper Eladio Carrión.
The Vegan Carnival began in the year 1520, when residents dressed up as Muslims and Christians, but it was not until 1947 that it became a tradition in the town of La Vega.
Due to its organization and deployment, this carnival is the most popular and colorful in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. It is celebrated every Sunday during the carnival season that runs from January to March in the country, where groups dressed as lame devils called comparsas take to the streets in their colorful costumes to parade through the city.
On January 6, 1977, the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic recognized the Vegan Carnival as Folkloric Heritage of the Nation.
In 1983, the Vegan Carnival Union (UCAVE) was formed, an institution for the organization and preservation of the values of the cultural and artistic event.