PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Tens of thousands of revelers turned the heart of Haiti's capital into a colorful party for the second "Carnival of Flowers" in Port-au-Prince.
Parade goers donned colorful costumes as they danced through the streets, while musicians played the Caribbean country's flowing rhythms.
The festival included street theater such as one piece involving a man dressed as Haitian national hero Jean-Jacques Dessalines laid out in his coffin.
The celebration is not without criticism. A few hundred protesters marched in Port-au-Prince last week, saying the $2.2 million budgeted for the festival would have been better spent elsewhere.
Officials counter that the event is employing more than 1,500 people as makeup artists, dancers and caterers.