Carnival of Flower 2013 with with its 1,500 patrons in full swing
Carnival of Flower 2013. There were some Protests. The complaint voiced by the hundreds of protestors who took to the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince while the Carnival of Flowers, with its 1,500 patrons, was in full swing, was that the government should have used the $2.2 million budgeted to provide revelers a good time for other, more worthy, causes. Government officials have, however, charged them with being near-sighted, explaining that the festivals employed many individuals, including makeup artists and dancers, and is an investment in the country's culture that could pay significant dividends through tourism in the future.