Two weeks before he became president, President Elect Jovenel Moise already igniting a war. Standing before a crowd last Sunday in the city of Les Cayes, the National Carnival would be relocating this year from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes. "The president has spoken. Period," Moïse declared.
Former Haitian President Martelly, the "King of Carnival", is known as the political mentor of President Jovenel Moise. Martelly tapped Jovenel Moise to replace him. They both are in favor of locating the Carnival in Les Cayes while Mayor Youri Chevry wants it to be played in Port-au-Prince. Two weeks before Jovenel Moise became president, he almost ignited a war. Standing before a crowd on January 22, 2017 in the city of Les Cayes, he announced, the National Carnival would be relocated this year from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes. "The president has spoken.
"Following the 2010 earthquake, then President Martelly announced that in 2012, the carnival will be moved and celebrated in Les Cayes. In less than a month, street stands were cleared away for the construction of a massive stadium viewing of the passing parade. The government sponsored music and colors of Kanaval were unparalleled. However, that 2012 National Carnival came under many allegations from different sections in Haitian society. It is still known as a tool for money laundering.
The peculiarity of Mr. Moise's decision to personally placing own decision is that holding the celebration in Les Cayes ensures participation of only 0.7% of the Haitian population. Moreover, it was a time when then president elect Moise himself was under a scanner of money laundering. The investigation was launched by a January 13, 2017 referral to Port-au-Prince's district attorney by the Central Financial Intelligence Unit (UCREF). The unit operates at an international level to investigate possible financial crimes, and the Unit Combating Corruption (ULCC), is an institution working within the Haitian executive branch to formally file criminal complaints. In 2017, Haiti's government spent some $3 million on Carnival celebrations, hoping to lure tourists and Haitians living abroad. It is still unknown how much money the festivities actually generated in Les Cayes and its surrounding areas and encouraged the economic movement in the department after the passage of Hurricane Matthew. There are few hotels in Les Cayes while Port-au-Prince boasts more than 10,000 hotel rooms.
Here is a picture of the United States Ambassador Pamela L. White as she is enjoying herself in Jacmel Kanaval in 2015
U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Pamela White, has been a 35-year career diplomat. After earning degrees in journalism and international development she joined the Peace Corps from 1971-1973.
She worked for U.S. Agency for International Development in Africa from 1978-2001. In 2010 President Obama appointed her U.S. Ambassador to Gambia (she received the Medal of Honor, rarely awarded to foreigners), and in 2012 as Ambassador to Haiti.
The Carnival in Jacmel, an event that should not be missed.
You will have an opportunity to meet great craftsmen, designers of giant masks, who usually describe the social reality of Haiti,
Also while you are in Jacmel, you can visit some of the great beaches such as Kabik, Ti Mouillage, Raymond des Bains, the fall of Bassin Bleu or to the Cascades Pichon
The Carnival in Haiti as well as in many countries of the world has many observable and unique elements which make the carnival something that is specific to each country.
In Haiti, our carnival many features which make it recognizable even to those who are not very familiar with it.
Carnival in Haiti has a very strong political dimension which is found in many of the songs as well as the carnival costumes
Here is a picture of the famous Chaloska. This came from the story of Chief Charles Oscar in the city of Jacmel. He was a military commander in charge of the police in Jacmel.
Oll you see here in this picture are characteristics of the individual. He was a distinct figure in that Chaloska was tall and strong, with big teeth
Here is a picture of Kanaval des etudients in Haiti
Many people remember the time of Carnival des etudients and think that the flavor is no longer.
This was the time when the various schools in Haiti had a time to demonstrate and sell their school to the public
This was a time in may cities around the country when some of the best carnival floats and music would go around the city with colorful dances and musics
Provided to us by the resourceful Edgar Bernadin, you are looking at at a picture of a Carnival parade in the city of Cap-Haitian back in 1952. This would bring a lot of souvenirs to those from that generation who are able to see this picture. There is a great difference between today Carnival and back in 1952
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