Like many Caribbean islands, Haiti has a celebration of culture referred to as Carnival. Generally, carnival celebrations in the Caribbean can last anywhere between a few days to weeks. Carnival in Haiti was suppose to last three days, beginning on Sunday February 23 and ending today, February 25
Unfortunately, Haiti’s carnival was canceled as law enforcement looked to avoid a blood bath. Violence at carnival celebrations is not unheard of, but this violent exchange was between off-duty police officers and army soldiers outside of the national palace.
The incident took place in Haiti’s capital Port au Prince, outside the National Palace and lasted approximately two hours. Other celebrations in Haiti such as Mardi Gras, which was supposed to start today, has also been cancelled for similar reasons.
For the Haiti nationals and the carnival world travelers you’ll just have to wait until next year to party like a Haitian.
This clash between Haiti’s army soldiers and police officers, seems to be a repeat of what went on in 2004.
Regardless, people took to twitter to share their opinions:
Having such festivities canceled is definitely sad, and we hope that Haiti gets to celebrate next year. But other carnival celebrations in other Caribbean islands, went off without a hitch.
Trinidad and Tobago has one of the biggest carnival celebrations, which began yesterday is off to a smooth start.
If you’re looking to go to Carnival, for the first time or the hundredth, don't fret because Carnival celebrations across the Caribbean and other places continue until September. To find out more on Carnival dates for specific countries click here.
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