Mas Domnik 2012: Carnival Parade Winners


Mas Domnik 2012: Carnival Parade Winners By Mara Etienne-Manley

Revellers can once again look forward to a cultural explosion of music, colour, art and other creative expressions following the opening of Dominica’s 2012 carnival season. Dominica’s Carnival, often dubbed ‘The Real Mas’ was officially launched on Thursday, 15th December, 2011 at the Fort Young Hotel.

Traditionally celebrated during the pre-lenten period, carnival is one of the most anticipated events on Dominica’s entertainment calendar, attracting visitors and overseas based nationals from Europe, the USA and other islands in the Caribbean archipelago. Major highlights during the festive season include the Calypso Finals, Miss Dominica Pageant, J’ouvert and the ever popular two days of street jump-up on the Monday and Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday.

This year, according to officials of the Dominica Festival’s Committee (DFC), there will be a few additions to the mix of traditional Carnival activities, and several events will be staged at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium. On Thursday, DFC Events Director, Nathalie Clarke-Meade summarized the 2012 carnival calendar of events as follows: February 4 Carnival Semi-Finals February 5 Rotaract Club Princess Show / Portsmouth Carnival February 7 Pan Association February 8 Ole Mas and Sensay Festival February 9 Leo Club Junior Monarch February 10 Mr Dominica Competition February 11 Bouyon / Fanatic Show February 12 Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Teenage Pageant
February 13 Swinging Stars Lagoon Jam February 15 Clash of the Tents / Stardom King of the Tent February 16 Showdown Champ of the Camp February 17 Miss Dominica Pageant February 18 Calypso Monarch Competition February 19 Kiddies Carnival / Mini Carnival ‘Bord La Mer‘ February 20 Jouvert / Traditional Mas February 21 Costume Band and Road Parade February 22 Teway Vaval

A major highlight of Thursday’s event was the presentation of the 2012 carnival queen contestants. During the ceremony, six young ladies were invited to officially sign their contracts to participate in the Miss Dominica Pageant carded for February 17. Representing various parts of the country, the contestants are: Kimberly Jno. Charles of St. Joseph, Francille Lavenier of Pichelin, Nadira Lando of Bataca, Ameka Cognet of Elmshall, Indianna Griffith of Goodwill and Shannel Dubique of Petite Soufriere.

Hon. Ian Douglas, Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs delivered the feature address at the official media launch of Dominica’s 2012 Carnival. Mr Douglas says Carnival has become one of the most significant events on Dominica’s cultural and tourism calendar, and that it’s important to have an official display of traditional carnival costumes as another aspect of Dominica’s tourism product. The Tourism Minister posed a very pertinent question to carnival organizers.

“Why is that our Sensay, Lapo Kabwit and our Black Devils and other images that make carnival what it is, aren’t showcased at other times throughout the yearly calendar so that it can actually become a tourism product?”

Hon. Douglas also highlighted the benefits of preserving various aspects of carnival not just for tourism purposes, but also as an educational resource..

“We also need to think about preserving the queens' costumes, so that we could display them at the museum to tell the story of carnival. Tell the story about the 1963 fire, I mean, so many young kids growing up don’t even know about the carnival fire and about the history, heritage and culture, so I think we can tell a story, not only for tourism purposes but also for education purposes in Dominica.”

LIME Dominica is the headline sponsor of ‘Real Mas 2012’, contributing a total amount of $190, 000.00 to the Dominica Festivals Committee, in the form of a cash donation and technical support to ensure the smooth flow of events for the upcoming Carnival celebrations.