New Orleans Mardi Gras better than Haiti Carnival
Kanaval (Mardi Gras) is the largest of official public celebrations started in Haiti in 1804; thereafter it started to spread to the other parts of the country. However, the official three-day celebration still continues to take place in Port-au-Prince only. In the past, Haitian Kanaval celebrations were criticized for disregarding indecent dancing, music, lyrics, mocking the government. Therefore, Kanaval is gradually becoming a more government run celebration with funding from the government, wealthy Haitian families and businessmen. But in New Orleans, although the festival generates over $1 billion in annual spending, the city government is not involved in coordinating the parades in any way; they issue permits for the parades and that is the extent of their involvement. Krewes independently schedule and coordinate their own parades. However, for safety reasons, the city authority of New Orleans has restricted the heights of the floats to a maximum of 18 feet to avoid hitting traffic lights, without restricting their lengths. Mardi Gras in Haiti would give you a glimpse of Haitian culture and creativity with the display of parades, float bands marching and music with children's participation. Each year, Haiti explodes in color and sound during the annual Mardi Gras festivities.
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