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Cap-Haitien fete shows “positive side” of Haiti, revelers say

Attendees of Orchestre Tropicana
Attendees of Orchestre Tropicana d’Haiti’s concert waving their hands at the Notre-Dame du Cap-Haitien Plaza on Aug. 14, 2022. The concert was part of Cap-Haitien’s 352nd anniversary celebration. Photo by Oldjy Francois for The Haitian Times

The Haitian Times 
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By ONZ CHÉRY

CAP-HAITIEN — Young men dressed in designer suits walking down the streets. Partygoers waving sparklers at an all-white affair. Crowded concerts and streets.

In real life and online, people enjoyed seeing a fun, beautiful side of Haiti displayed during the 352nd anniversary celebration of the country’s northern capital, a much-welcomed sight. For those accustomed to seeing mostly violence and gangs footage from Haiti, the Fèt Okap images and videos that went viral over the weekend were a welcome surprise.

“All my friends online right now, they’re shocked,” said Christian Dorvilier, a clothing designer based in Westchester, New York, as he stood at Fort Saint-Joseph before the Rosier Sunset event started on Aug. 14. “It’s a shocker for them to see these things happening in Haiti.”

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