Saturday morning when I landed in Haiti for my very first Kanaval experience, I posted pictures and videos on my instagram page to share the experience with all my fellow Haitian Americans who couldn’t make it to Haiti for the annual event. As I drove into Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince to meet with Haitian television host and Plezikanaval owner Carel Pedre, everything from the traffic to the restaurants were packed as locals and tourist prepare for a beautiful Valentines night with their loved ones and prepare for three nights of Kanaval festivities.
Like any other Carnival spelled Kanaval in creole, safety is always a concern, but as I pulled up to the city of Champ des Mars on Sunday night to make my way to Carel’s Plezikanaval stand which was covering all the ins and outs of the the three day event, hundreds of armed police officers, security and emergency rescue teams standing throughout the ares definitely made me feel secure and ready to partake in all the excitement of Kanaval.
More great news for Haiti Tourism growth.
JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), the largest airline at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), today announced three new seasonal, non-stop flights from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass (MVY).; Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) (subject to receipt of government operating authority); and Sacramento, Calif. (SMF). JetBlue will provide the only non-stop routes from Boston to both Port-au-Prince and Sacramento.
The new service to Port-au-Prince service will launch June 17 and operate through September 5, 2015, with flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays (subject to receipt of government operating authority). The Haiti service will complement JetBlue’s existing daily flights from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and twice daily service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Demonstrators burn tires in the street during an anti-government march in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Several thousand protesters marched through Haiti’s capital to demand lower gas prices and the ouster of President Michel Martelly. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
If you’re one of the many traveling to Haiti this week for carnival in Port-au-Prince, it is important you are aware about the current anti government protest going on throughout Haiti. I’ve been speaking to different people and according to friends and family currently living or visiting Haiti, it’s not the safest place to be unless there’s some type of resolution before the start on carnival in Port-au-Prince on Friday.
I just thought this was the cutest things ever. I am such a fan of Carel Pedre and all the work he is doing with the PleziKanaval site.
Watch this adorable pilot of Plezikanaval Timoun pilot episode with Haitian cuties Ti Joe and Zenny with Haitian artist and President Martelly’s son Olivier Martelly.
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