Merengue Festival

Merengue Festival (Festival de Merengue)

Last week in July-first week in August
The merengue is a lively Caribbean dance that originated in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Its main characteristic is a limping side-step, and it corresponds to the rumba of Cuba or the samba of Brazil.
The world's most famous merengue festival takes place in Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital city, where outdoor stages are set up along the city's waterfront, and top bands play merengue music while couples swirl and shake to the fast-paced, pulsating rhythms.
In addition to watching the performances and competitions among merengue dancers, festivalgoers can enjoy the music of DJs and bands on the street, imbibe rum and beer, and eat the signature pork sandwiches, chimichurris .
CONTACTS:
Dominican Republic Tourism Office
136 E. 57th St., Ste. 803
New York, NY 10022
888-374-6361 or 212-588-1012; fax: 212-588-1015
www.godominicanrepublic.com
SOURCES:
WildPlanet-1995, p. 510
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August: Merengue Festival in Santo Domingo, along the Malecon.
MERENGUE FESTIVAL, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: As far as rhythm goes, this is the sexiest destination in the Caribbean.
It's in the Guinness Book of Records as The Planet's Largest Disco - bands play on stages all along the strip and the place really goes wild for 10 days every July during the Merengue Festival.
On November 23, 2004, the first edition of the International Merengue Festival was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Dominican Republic's traditional Merengue Festival will be held in Santo Domingo in July, with celebrations also taking place in Bavaro/Punta Cana.
The streets are alive with dancers during the annual merengue festival who entice even the most reluctant hoofer.
It's in the Guinness Book Of Records as The Planet's Largest Disco - bands play on stages along the strip and the place really goes wild for 10 days every July during the Merengue Festival.
July 28-August 2: Food and Merengue Festival, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.