Haiti cancels last day of Carnival after at least 16 die in power line tragedy

Seawall

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Very tragic.


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Haiti cancels last day of Carnival after at least 16 die in power line tragedy


Three days of mourning declared after incident triggered when a singer on a float hit an overhead power line in Port-au-Prince



Performers in Haiti’s Carnival parade in Port-au-Prince on Monday. Photograph: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP
Associated Press in Port-au-Prince
Tuesday 17 February 2015 09.18 EST
Last modified on Tuesday 17 February 2015 15.32 EST

At least 16 people were killed and 78 injured early on Tuesday when a singer on a Carnival float hit an overhead power line in Port-au-Prince, setting off a stampede by bystanders, officials said.

The tragedy in Haiti’s capital prompted the government to cancel the last day of Carnival – the raucous celebrations preceding the start of Lent – and to declare three days of national mourning.

Amateur video of the 2.48am accident posted on YouTube showed a large flash as the high-voltage power line caught a popular singer known as Fantom atop the float as it passed near the presidential stand, which was packed with spectators.

Most of the victims were trampled to death in the ensuing panic after the singer struck the power cable, witnesses said.

Fantom, part of the hip-hop band Barikad Crew, was among the injured and was in stable but serious condition in hospital, according to one of his friends.

Prime Minister Evans Paul held a news conference to announce the cancellation of Carnival and three days of mourning.

“We are telling the people of Haiti that we must be in solidarity,” said Paul, who was accompanied by government ministers, artists and first lady Sophia Martelly.

“We are all Haiti.”

The prime minister said the government and Carnival organizers would hold a silent parade to remember the dead, with marchers dressed in white as a sign of mourning, at 5pm.

President Michel Martelly expressed his “sincerest sympathies” to the victims in a Twitter message and Sophia Martelly visited hospitals that were treating the injured.

Haiti’s rambunctious three-day annual street parade coincides with other Mardi Gras celebrations around the world and attracts large nighttime crowds eager to witness competing bands atop highly decorated floats.

At Brazil’s Carnival, three men were electrocuted on Tuesday when they pushed a float toward a parade ground and it struck a high-tension power cable in the Nova Iguacu suburb of Rio de Janeiro, police said.

A sun on the float made of wire touched the power line and sent a fatal electrical charge through the metal frame of the decorated platform, police said. Authorities canceled Carnival festivities in the district after the accident.
 

tikreyol

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At times its like these people can't even get a break. You've gotta blame the Carnival committee who's supposed to set guidelines for these floats. If you've ever been to or seen Haiti's Carnival you'd know our floats look like they are on steroids. Completely too high and often overcrowded. An with infrastructure/electricity being so bad this shouldn't be a surprise. RIP to those lost.

Gabriel Jacques Leconte
Lundi Baugella
Alain Paul
Louis René
Jean Rony Civil
Cedieu Joseph
Joseph Darel Jeff
Thermidor Kenson
Jeudy Peterson
Felix Origène
Dorin Pascal
Bureau Alice
Cenal Pegyve
Fille – Non identifiée




 

TriniReporter

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Haiti?src=hash">#Haiti</a> opposition candlelight vigil March on behalf of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Carnival?src=hash">#Carnival</a> victims and against government starting. <a href="http://t.co/fmrzWNARNO">pic.twitter.com/fmrzWNARNO</a></p>— Jacqueline Charles (@Jacquiecharles) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jacquiecharles/status/568896894866313216">February 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 

tikreyol

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Real sad to see. I'm a big fan of Haiti's style of carnival based on the images I've seen
The trick is to go to the Carnivals in the other cities. The capitals are ALWAYS a mess. They're all overpriced and overrated. Way better vibes in Jacmel or Cap Haitien.
 

DerMonger

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The trick is to go to the Carnivals in the other cities. The capitals are ALWAYS a mess. They're all overpriced and overrated. Way better vibes in Jacmel or Cap Haitien.
What's the difference between these 2 cities' carnivals?

You know something, I've come to realize, its imperative that I am near a beach or water during carnival. Is that the case in these places?

I know people in my city were mad about caribana being moved from DT to lakeshore, but I like it much better there. Port au Prince looks like a concrete sauna with no escape during carnival.
 

tikreyol

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What's the difference between these 2 cities' carnivals?

You know something, I've come to realize, its imperative that I am near a beach or water during carnival. Is that the case in these places?

I know people in my city were mad about caribana being moved from DT to lakeshore, but I like it much better there. Port au Prince looks like a concrete sauna with no escape during carnival.
Not much really. Jacmel is more artsy so they are more heavy on the costumes. Probably even more so than the capital. Last I was in Cap Haitien the water was so close. It's cool now because they finished their airport so you can fly directly into Cap Haitien. Both cities are old colonial style so think old San Juan, French Quarter or Havana if you've been to any of those.

I like that Caribana was moved to Lakeshore. I had a blast on the water. I can't lie that view added to the ambiance. It was cool. The proximity to the highway at the end of the parade was kinda weird lol. But I always enjoy Toronto.

And yes stay away from Port-au-Prince.
 

Aquinhaiti4ever

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If you watch this video you can see when this singer who was standing up there when he got close to the electricity line he put his head down Vwadezil guy, but the guy who hit the power line didn't pay any attentions


Check out this video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/wI1Rh-NuPRg


<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wI1Rh-NuPRg?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
 

Aquinhaiti4ever

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If you watch this video you can see when this singer who was standing up there when he got close to the electricity line he put his head down Vwadezil guy, but the guy who hit the power line didn't pay any attentions


Check out this video on YouTube:

P -Au -P Kanaval 2015 Vwadezil - YouTube


<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wI1Rh-NuPRg?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>



<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NRnDVRl5tao?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
 

Lucianite

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Speaking of old San Juan
I was there was once when they had their patron saint festival
It was on and poppin
I. appreciate things in the moment
And not try to compare
It was not my type of carnival
But I had just as much fun and will never forget
 
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