Port-au-Prince Mayor Ralph Youri Chevry and Petion-ville Mayor Dominique Saint-Roc canceled Sunday’s Pre-Carnival street parties in their respective cities.
“The police are working non-stop, and with all of the trouble taking place right now I don’t think they can guarantee the security of the population. So we canceled,” Ralph Youri Chevry said.
The festivities normally draw thousands of revelers along with DJs and foot bands playing traditional Haitian Carnival tunes known as Rara in the walk-up to the pre-Lenten celebration.
“We are acting responsibly,” Dominique Saint-Roc said. “Given what’s developing in the country and how Feb. 7 unfolded yesterday with protests, I took the decision to cancel until the situation improves.”