Jacmel Haiti, 2016

The Carnival, which theme this year was: Jakmel pou tou tan gen tan, (Jacmel, in the past and today) explored the history of the beautiful and artistic coastal town.

Carnival Jacmel 2016 - Haiti
Jacmel Carnival 2016
Photo courtesy of Christfort Photography
View more picture of the Jacmel carnival on the Jacmel Facebook page

Trinidad & Tobago, Carnival 2016

Peter Minshall’s Dying Swan was unquestionably a timeless theme that pushed the traditional boundaries of Carnival, with its fusion of the historic Moko Jumbie and the emblematic ballerina, Anna Pavlova in the Dying Swan, an important ballet that influenced many subsequent artistic pieces.

Dying Swan - Peter Minshall
Trinidad Carnival 2016 – Peter Minshall’s Dying Swann


It was reported that Trinidad carnival this year surpassed previous years in creativity and innovation.

Trinidad Carnival 2016 - Roxanne Omalo portrays 'Medusa - The Last Gaze'
Trinidad Carnival 2016 – Roxanne Omalo in Medusa – “The Last Gaze” –  Finalist in Queen of Carnival 2016
Photo courtesy of Proudfoot Communications Ltd
View more pictures of the carnival on the T&T National Carnival commission Facebook page and on the Rapso Imaging Facebook page.


Martinique – Carnival 2016

Also lauded for their creativity this year, Carnival parades in Martinique.
Vaval, the allegoric character representing the adversity, and misfortune of the past year, raised many amused eyebrows, and was thought to picture the corruption in the island.
At the end of Carnival, Vaval is burnt to the ground, bringing the celebrations to a cathartic ending.

Martinique carnival 2016 - Vaval
Photo courtesy of Fernand Bibas
View more pictures of the carnival on the Martinique 1ere album


New Orleans Carnival

An important group of parades of the New Orleans Carnival showcase the Mardi Gras Indians.
African American showcase Indian costumes, to honour the memory of the many Native Indians that welcomed slave ancestors fleeing the slave owner.

Mardis-Gras indian
Photo courtesy of  Karen Ocker