Article and photos by Wadner Pierre
Moreover, salesmen and saleswomen will travel to the countryside to buy hats made with dried stems of palm trees. School and university students will parade and dance their special dance for this event. In addition, the National Palace (the President’s office), and the streets will be decorated for this special celebration.
However, week prior the weekend- carnival starts, a special press release will have been sent out to all media by the PNH (National Police of Haiti) to inform the population what they can bring and what they cannot bring with them during in the parade, and to inform the merchants which bottle of drinks they will be allowed to sell during these three days. In addition, more agents and special units in the National Police force will need to be deployed on the streets in order to prevent peaceful folks from being attacked by the folks who lost their minds while drinking. It must be noticed that the Haitian Red Cross, the General Hospital and International Red Cross assist the National Police in its duty during these three days. Finally, a special ceremony has held at the National Palace for Queens and Kings of the carnival, and the president launches the three-day carnival festival.
Thus, no matter the best strategy that will be put in place by the police authorities and other medical agencies, the public and private hospitals will have more wounded people to be taken care of, and a few hundreds people will be arrested or put behind the bars for post carnival. Nevertheless, a Haitian wherever he or she is, including me will feel home sick, if he or she cannot go to Haiti in February for our biggest national music fest, our National Carnival.