Haiti’s carnival ferstivities start


Jacmel, Haiti - Haiti's annual Carnival festivities have erupted in the streets of the coastal town of Jacmel.

Thousands of revelers danced and hopped in Jacmel's streets Sunday afternoon as a parade of people wearing papier-mache masks and costumes to celebrate the pre-Lenten holiday passed through the streets.

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File image Haitian revellers participate in the first day of the carnival parade. REUTERS/Swoan Parker

The country's Carnival celebration begins each year in this town on the southern coast revered for its artisans and artists.

The event is typically followed a week later by a big street party in Haiti's capital. But the administration of President Michel Martelly has held carnival outside Port-au-Prince in an effort to spread resources and bring tourists to the countryside.

Carnival will take place next weekend in Haiti's second largest city, in the north, Cap-Haitien. - Sapa-AP

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