Monday, February 6, 2012


 It's that time of year again.  Lent is approaching. And how do I know that?  The colorful streets have just gotten a little more colorful, especially down by the Champs-de-Mars (near the palace).  I've been watching the platforms going up - first wood, then white paint, then, today, not only color but very interesting 3-D decorations. 
Carnaval 2012 stage near the Champs de Mars, Port-au-Prince

look closely at the detail on this stage - Carnaval 2012 Port-au-Prince
 There are also various "chars" on the largest streets: huge trucks turned into floats which will, if I understand correctly, carry bands.  While I could be mistaken about that, it is certain that music is a huge part of the festival leading up to Mardi Gras.  Were the convent still standing downtown, I hear we wouldn't be sleeping much.  Who knows, I may still be here when it is rebuilt, and then I will hear for myself. 

setting up a float sponsored by Ti Malice - Carnaval 2012

not quite blocking traffic at the moment,but rush hour?
I'd avoid this street.

possibly the name of the band on the right side - to the left is the sponsor
I don't think we'll hear much from where we live, but we will see.  We already have our neighborhood music, as there is a nearby church that meets multiple times per week - and they always sing.  Lots.

I wonder what Lent will be like here.

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