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Haiti’s Martelly, Lamothe Hail Carnival

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - August 1, 2012

Above: Haiti’s Carnival of Flowers in Port-au-Prince (Photo: OP)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Haiti President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe have both expressed their satisfaction about the recently-concluded Carnival of Flowers in Port-au-Prince.

Martelly thanked those who contributed to the event, which was the third major festival in Haiti this year. The centre of the national fete was situated in the recently-cleaned-up Champ de Mars.

There were differing estimates on the number of people who attended the three-day festival, ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands, the latter a report from the National Palace.

Lamothe praised what he called the “reasonable and responsible” attitude of the attendees.

Haiti’s government had set up a mobile mini-hospital for the event led by First Lady Sophia Martelly aimed at treating revelers suffering injuries and maladies during the festival, from poor ventilation to bruises.

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