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July 31, 2013
Haiti holds mid-year Carnival-like fest

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.

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A group of revelers pose for a photo before the start of the "Carnival of Flowers" celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. Tens of thousands of revelers poured into downtown Port-au-Prince for the Caribbean nation's second "Carnival of Flowers," a three-day celebration President Michel Martelly has revived from the Duvalier era. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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Revelers parade during Carnaval des Fleurs, or Carnival of Flowers celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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Revelers in costume parade during Carnaval des Fleurs, or Carnival of Flowers celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A reveler in costume looks into the camera during the Carnaval des Fleurs, or Carnival of Flowers celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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People watch a man perform using fire during the Carnaval des Fleurs, or Carnival of Flowers celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A reveler in costume parades during Carnaval des Fleurs, or Carnival of Flowers celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A child takes pictures as he sits on a man's shoulders during Carnaval des Fleurs, or Carnival of Flowers celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A carnival queen waves as she rides past during the "Carnival of Flowers" parade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A reveler smoothes over the glitter on her friend's face as they wait for the start of the "Carnival of Flowers" celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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Revelers wait for the start of the "Carnival of Flowers" celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A reveler presses her lips together as she looks at herself in the mirror during preparations for the "Carnival of Flowers" celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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Revelers march in the "Carnival of Flowers"parade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A carnival queen waves from an open car during a "Carnival of Flowers" parade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A man dressed as Haitian national hero Jean-Jacques Dessalines lies in a coffin during a performance at the "Carnival of Flowers" celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A man dressed as Haitian national hero Jean-Jacques Dessalines performs while his troops stand behind him with a coffin that serves as a symbol of the country's problems, during the "Carnival of Flowers" celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A reveler stands still as his face is painted in preparation for the "Carnival of Flowers" celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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Revelers rest on stadium seats as they wait for the start of the"Carnival of Flowers" parade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 29, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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Dancers perform in the "Carnival of Flowers" parade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A carnival queen is helped into a car during the "Carnival of Flowers" celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A reveler carries a toy tractor on his head during a "Carnival of Flowers," parade to call attention to the still needed reconstruction after the earthquake, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A man carries a snake as he plays a banjo during a "Carnival of Flowers," parade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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Steevenson Joachin parades during the Carnival of Flowers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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Revelers parade during the Carnival of Flowers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery
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A band performs during a "Carnival of Flowers," parade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / Dieu Nalio Chery

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