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Port-au-Prince’s annual Kanaval is one of the largest Mardi Gras carnivals in the Caribbean and North America. The celebrations are funded by the government, businesses and wealthy Haitian families.[1] Carnival in Haiti is also known as Kanaval. Haiti’s version of carnival season always starts in January, known as ‘Pre-Kanaval’, and the main carnival begins in February each year. Kanaval celebrations end on Mardi Gras, which is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’, also known as Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras is the Tuesday before the Roman Catholic holiday known as Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a somber period of fasting and penance that precedes Easter for Catholics. The first Mardi Gras celebrations in Europe were a carnivalesque opportunity for people to indulge themselves, celebrate, and even subvert authority in a permissible way, as part of the party. Mardi Gras enabled people to enjoy the pleasures of life before the beginning of the Catholic Lent season, a period of 40 days and nights of fasting and penance leading up to Easter. The Catholic festival was imported to Haiti and elsewhere in the Americas during European settlement. In Haiti, Kanaval is also heavily influenced by local customs, such as Vodou religious rituals, and Haitian music. The Kanaval is celebrated with music, bands and parades. Parades have floats, sometimes with children participating in the celebrations. The floats typically have sound systems set up on trucks to play music to the crowds. Food stands selling barbecued treats and rum are a popular part of celebrations. There are also comedy plays put on by the Kanaval participants, often satirizing political topics. Revellers wear masks and costumes, as they do at other carnival celebrations in the Caribbean, North America, and Central and South America. The parades makes their way through the streets of Port-au-Prince and end with celebrations at the large plaza Champ De Mars, located across from the Palais national (National Palace), the former residence of Haiti’s president. Music is central to Kanaval. Musicians perform zouk, Haitian rap, konpa dirèk (Compas music), and mizik rasin. Kanaval is the largest annual event where bands can gain more public exposure and it provides the opportunity to perform at large concerts. Popular Konpa bands participate in Kanaval, such as T-Vice, Djakout #1, Sweet Micky also known as the new president of Haiti Michel Martelly, Kreyol La, D.P. Express, Mizik Mizik, Ram, T-Micky, Carimi, and Scorpio Fever who perform for dancers in the streets of Champ De Mars. In Haiti there are also competitions between some bands, like T-Vice, Djakout #1, Kreyol La, and Krezi Mizik. Every year, tourists travel to Haiti’s Kanaval to enjoy it.

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