In an effort to avoid public outrage, Carnaval officials have claimed Carnaval des Fleurs netted 21 million gourdes in 2012. Nothing could be further from the truth. Independent analysts say Carnaval figures add up to a 46-million gourde loss.
Losses accrue from Carnaval performers living and spending their earnings outside Haiti. And Carnaval sellers don't report their profits to the tax collector. In other words, the Haitian tax payer is paying for Carnaval out of their income.
Haiti did not begin to hold Carnaval des Fleurs until 2012 after a 39-year absence. The reason is well-known. Carnaval does not make money. But the Haitian government decided to start holding it again last year in the hopes it might be profitable.
The government believes Carnaval stimulates the economy and have the figures to prove it, a 21-million gourde profit for 2012.
Critics say the government is lying; in fact Carnaval posted a net loss of 46 million gourdes instead.
Culture Minister, Dupuy, and Carnaval Chairman, Dany, insist Carnaval has made a profit. Their budget analysis determined Carnaval took in 21 million gourdes.
Independent financial analysts say the opposite: the figures total a loss of 46 million gourdes, more than double the government's profit tally.
Losses are incurred by Carnaval because merchants, who provide services for the event, don't disclose profits to the tax collector. And foreign performers don't spend their earnings in Haiti.
Carnaval des Fleurs will be held July 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2013. Carnaval security offers the following tips to make attendees safe.
• Don't stand near Carnaval des Fleurs parade. Keep on the outside of crowds to avoid pick-pocketing and/or random acts of violence.
• Walk in well-lit areas going and coming from Carnaval des Fleurs. Dark alleys offer thugs a chance to rob, beat, or rape victims.
• Carry a mobile phone and program emergency 114 into it.
• Don't wear bling.
Carnaval des Fleurs in Haiti with the popular slogan, Se La pou La
Carnaval des Fleurs organizers will hold this year's celebration at Champs des Mars.
With huge crowds anticipated to hear the battle of the Compás bands, motorists must avoid traveling in the south part of Haiti, where overflow congestion may tie up traffic.
Travelers are advised to drive carefully to avoid drunk drivers. To avoid gridlock in the surrounding areas of Carnaval, the public should use their radios for information about the Carnaval route.
After the gala success of the Carnival of Flower in 2012, Haiti is organizing the same even this year that will start on 28th July and end on 30th July. This cultural event will span from Sylvio Cator Stadium to Champ de Mars and will pass through Casernes street and Grand-rue. All arrangements have already been made and the acting Cultural Minister of Haiti, Josette Darguste had a meeting with fashion professionals and various designers to meticulously plan out the event. High security is in place to ensure that event can be concluded with a chaos.
This is a picture of the Haitians who participated in the Miami Caribbean Carnival. This is an event that takes place every year in Miam and it brings a large crowd of Caribbean people all over the world. The entire weekend of Carnival in Miami is filled with parties by so many caribbean bands that is is impossible to attend all of them