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 how President Michel Martelly has decided to end his presidency. Kanaval 2016 Sweet Miky, TI LILI (Liliane Pierre Paul)
As per Haitian proverb, if you add "Ti" before someone's name, you infer that, the person is a thief. When President Michel Martelly visited Radio Television Caraibes on May 16, 2013 for a program, he commented if Lilianne Pierre Paul terms 'Michel Martelly' as 'Sweet Micky', there would be nothing wrong for him to call her as "Ti lili." Liliane opened her criticism with a French proverb which means, 'comparison is not right, it proves nothing'. She said, Sweet Micky is the name that gave Martelly his musical career and his position as the Head of the State, whereas 'Lily' is a name that was affectionately given by her brother. Liliane Pierre-Paul is a pride of the Haitian society; she is the President of the Association of Haitian Media and also a star reporter and a regular host of Radio Kiskeya. She has remained vocal against all irregularities and election frauds, especially targeting Martelly's PHTK platform. Recently, the President Martelly has released his carnival meringue for 2016 targeting journalist Liliane Pierre-Paul. It is a shame for a man like his stature to display own displeasure and disrespect in such a vulgar manner. However, if he has chosen to mark the end of his government in this manner, not in a cohesive tone, it would a typically of his character.
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.
Here is a picture of the singer Fantom from Barikad Crew as he was electrocuted during the Carnival season in 2015
Sixteen Carnival Deaths motivate Government to Implement Safety Measures
Haiti has a practice whereby someone aboard a parade float is called upon to use an object to move lethal, low-hanging wires away from the passing float. This seems like an ill-advised and potentially hazardous custom, and it is surprising the government has been negligent in this aspect of public safety. But it always takes a tragedy to motivate officials to take action to prevent further deadly incidents.
The government is now formulating a plan to update its state public utility, EDH, and running some power lines beneath the parade route for its next Carnival.
President Martelly wants to highlight Haiti's reforestation program, "Year of the Environment" by using the theme for 2013's Carnival of Flowers (COF). It will serve a dual function: to raise consciousness of ordinary citizens of how important greening Haiti is to its infrastructure, and connect it to nationalist pride Haitians feel during this celebration.
COF will display a myriad of floral species on its floats and costumes, to the delight of parade-goers.
We have learned that the popular Kanaval star DON KATO will not be participating in the Haiti National Kanaval in the city of Cap-Haitian. The Government of Michel Martelly was not happy with his Kanaval ALORA that was very critical to the government.
Heis is seen as being anti-government and the government has decided to keep him out as he does not want to sell negative image of the country while they are trying to promote tourism
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