Residents during the 2014 carnival festivities. Photo credit: The Haitian Times

Port-de-Paix or bust for carnival 2021, Moïse says

Residents during the 2014 carnival festivities. Photo credit: The Haitian Times

President Jovenel Moïse has selected Port-de-Paix, Haiti’s third most populous city, as the location of the 2021 carnival festivities. The celebration will take place Feb. 14 to 16, 2021 along 3 Rivieres Boulevard. 

“Today I want the world to remember you,” Moïse said to Port-de-Paix residents in making the announcement. “The main musical groups, that is to say, Sweet Micky, Djakout, T-Vice, must come to Port-de-Paix if they want to perform at the national carnival. Otherwise they will not be able to do so.”

The annual carnival was cancelled for the past two years because of political instability. Source

Kidnappers release street vendor and musician 

Music maestro Dickens Princivil was kidnapped on Dec. 6, 2020.

Magdala “Dadou” Louis, the sausage and sweets seller, and music maestro Dickens Princivil were both released Tuesday morning in Champ-de-Mars, Port-au-Prince after being kidnapped Sunday.

With tears rolling down her cheeks, Louis said the kidnappers were, “400 Mawozo” gang members. During an interview via Tripotay Lakay’s YouTube channel, Louis said the thugs pistol-whipped her face multiple times and burned the soles of her feet and her palms with a cigarette lighter. 

In a radio interview, Princivil said he doesn’t know if a ransom was paid for him or not. He also said that as opposed to Louis, the kidnappers didn’t mistreat him. Source

Air Caraïbes resumes flights from Port-au-Prince to Paris-Orly

Air Caraïbes announced that they resumed flights from Port-au-Prince to Paris-Orly in a press release Tuesday.

Air Caraïbes’ first flight after their hiatus was on Monday. Flights are available on Mondays and Wednesdays with a layover in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Return flights to Haiti are direct. Source

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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