The Haitian government officially launched Haiti’s National Carnival for 2020 on February 23, 24 and 25. Indeed, the executive committee in charge of conducting the festivities in Port-au-Prince, the capital of the country, was presented to the press on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
It was the Haitian Prime Minister also Minister of Culture and Communication, Jean Michel Lapin, who installed the ten members who are part of this committee.
“Ann pote kole pou Ayiti dekole” (Together let us unite for Haiti’s recovery), was chosen as the theme for the carnival festivities whose headquarters will be Port-au-Prince but major events will also be held in other cities. In Cap-Haitien, the country’s second city largest commemorating the 350 years of its foundation on August 15, will have a carnival over five (5) days from February 20 to 25, 2020.
The highly cultural city of Jacmel has a more artistic official carnival than that of Port-au-Prince. It takes place a week before the National Carnival of the capital; this year, on February 15, 2020, the town hall of this city located south-east of Haiti had given an appointment to the carnival lovers. The masks in papier-mâché, craftsmen’s works, constituted the main attraction of Jacmel carnival called Jacmélitude.
More than fifteen musical floats, about ten allegorical floats, folk and artistic groups take part annually in the three fat days parade in the heart of Port-au-Prince. A high-end show in color and artistic proposals from centuries-old history from slavery to independence. Haitians living in the diaspora in the USA, Canada and other countries in the hemisphere America are used to going to the alma mater during Carnival.