The Santo Domingo carnival parade will take place on Sunday, 5 March 2017, on the Malecón of Santo Domingo, from 2pm. A large eastern section of the sea-bordering boulevard will be closed off to vehicular traffic. The carnival on the Malecón attracts floats and groups from all over the country and will feature representations of the best of the carnival characters.
The Ministry of Culture announced that as a warm-up, on Monday, 27 February 2017 at 6pm, there will be the presentation of the National Festival of Carnival Music at Plaza Juan Baron on the Malecón and on Friday, 3 March there will be an exhibition of Living Statues (with carnival characters) at different plazas in the capital city of Santo Domingo. On Saturday, 4 March, there will be the celebration of a National Children's Carnival Sampling from 2-6pm at Plaza España in the Colonial City.
Merengue band leader Kinito Mendez and cultural activist Eugenia del Carmen Torres (Pequita) are the king and queen of the 2017 Carnival.