Haiti Carnival a Blaze of Glory that Transcends Dire Poverty

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Carnival in Jacmel is famed for being the most creative and spectacular celebration in Haiti. This article by Dearbhla Glynn highlights the resourcefulness, brilliance, and dedication of the Haiti Carnival against all odds:

It takes four hours by bus over mountain roads to traverse the 80km from Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, to the coastal town of Jacmel.  Nestled on the southern part of the island, Jacmel is a beautiful, dilapidated, peaceful town founded in 1698. Its history evident everywhere in the crumbling colonial 19th century buildings, this town has not changed much in over 100 years. Large archaic wooden doors have signs bearing witness to the old export industry of coffee and sugar. Tall palm trees lean out over the expansive new boardwalk. At night the wall is lined with people reading and studying, availing of the use of street light.

Jacmel is famous for its resourceful papier-mâché mask makers, painters…

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