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Haiti wraps up 2014 carnival parade
Published on March 5, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

President Michel Martelly (centre), with his right hand in the air, in the middle of a crowd in the 2014 carnival parade in Gonaives

By Fritznel Claude

GONAIVES, Haiti (HCNN) -- Tens of thousands of Haitians living in Haiti and many others who arrived from the Diaspora were enjoying until early Wednesday morning the last day of the Caribbean country's biggest cultural event which kicked off on Sunday in the northern town of Gonaives.

Haitian President Michel Martelly and other cabinet members have been attending the country's three-day yearly carnival parade since its launch on Sunday.

"I came from Miami particularly to participate in the carnival this year and I am satisfied with the music, the Mardi Gras and the ambiance," carnival-goer, Joceline Morancy, told HCNN on Tuesday, as she prepared to party on the final carnival day.

"I thought it would have been more difficult because this is my first time back to the country in 15 years," Morancy said.

"But everything is going so well," she said.

The event gather more than 15 musical bands on giant floats and various walking bands playing different instruments, while disguised paraders, wearing bright Mardi Gras outfits, put on their best shows.

"I live in Port-au-Prince (the capital in the west region), but I've been here in Gonaives with my family since Friday," said Marc Andre Josapha.

"The carnival is one event we can never miss and we are enjoying it," Josapha said.

However, some participants complained about the lack of public toilets on the carnival road where they spend hours and some other organizational problems.

"I think it would have been much better if we could find enough toilets to use when we feel the need to," Marcelene Pierre told HCNN.

"Otherwise, we love it here," she said.

The event cost close to US$3 million to the state treasury, but private business sector groups and other sponsors spend millions more to promote products and specific causes.
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