Today, March 27, the streets of La Romana come alive with music, dancing, drumming as the Grand Parade of the La Romana Carnival [Gran Desfile del Carnaval de La Romana] makes its way through the streets of La Romana, Dominican Republic.
The ‘Gran Desfile’ or big parade will begin at 3:00pm and will weave its way around the streets of La Romana in an impressive display of lively and colorful Dominican culture, with awe-inspiring costumes, choreographed dances, actors, fire-breathers, and dancers, traditional diablos cojuelos, and much more.
During the Gran Desfile the different ‘comparsas’ [organized groups of costumed revelers] will be judged, so that a prize may be awarded to the best comparsa. This year the judges are made up of a large group of well-known figures from the La Romana community, such as President of the Casa de Cultura Ricardo Bello, Director of the Central Romana Hospital José López, and many others.
The carnival parade will start at the Casa de La Cultura, going up to Iberia, where it will turn left, continue down the street, then turning left again down the Santa Rosa Avenue until it arrives at the park.
For photos of diablos cojuelos and other masqueraders, see http://www.dominicanmasks.com/