The Ole Mas festival is coming back to the Newtown Savannah again this year as part of Dominica’s Real Mas calendar.
The Dominica Festivals Committee, in its weekly press conference to update the nation of Mas Domnik, spotlight the event which is rooted in tradition.
“This is the 22nd edition of the Ole Mas festival. We started it in 1999 which was a couple of years after sensay was reintroduced to the carnival. After the 1963 fire, sensay was banned from Carnival in Dominica. About 32 years after, in 1995, sensay was reintroduced so we had thought that…we should organize an ole mas festival. It ran for a couple of years on the Newtown Savannah then we decided to rotate it across the island.
This Sunday February 2nd, the Ole Mas festival begins with a parade at 3pm from outside the public library building on Victoria Street to the Newtown Savannah.
Twenty-two groups will display the spirit of Ole Mas including
Newtwon Stiltwalkers, Newtown Lapo Kabwit, Thunderbirds, St Joseph Sensay, Kalinago Tete Mas, Kalinago Ole Mas, Colihaut Ban Mauvais, Sakis Lapo Kabwit, Good Hope Black Devils, Sensay Stars of Mahaut, Castle Bruce Neg Mawon, Dublanc Sensay, Sugar Fire, Grandbay Sensay, Mahaut Bouyon Lapo Kabwit, Gutter Lapo Kabwit, Afroculture Stiltwalkers, Firestick Lapo Kabwit, Choux Poule Lapo Kabwit, Pure Mas Creative Movement (Big Bottom Ladies), Salisbury Sensay and Choo-Choo Rara.