The Carnival holiday in Haiti comes each year in February or March, as in many other significantly Roman Catholic countries. The date varies, but it always immediately precedes Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of a 40-day Lenten fast leading up to Easter.
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While there are smaller carnival-like events in Haiti during Lent and a Carnival de Fleur on 7 July, the main event is before Lent. The largest parades and events are held in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, but simultaneous events of a similar kind occur on a smaller scale in towns and cities throughout the land.
With loud music, ornate costumes, satirical comedy plays, and an air of revelry, huge crowds parade to Champ de Mars plaza in Port-au-Prince, just across from the National Palace. This is the climactic event of Carnival in Haiti each year.