Jacmel Silent Artist Procession

Zanmi Lakay sponsored an amazing event in Jacmel on February 7, 2010 – The Silent Artists Procession. Because of the earthquake, the annual festive Kanaval parades were cancelled, yet the people of Jacmel needed an event to honor their town and the victims of the tragedy. I mentioned this in an earlier post, and here are the photographs. Hundreds of people including Artisans from G-27 (an organization of 27 paper maché troupes), a funeral band, children from ACFFC, Jacmel’s mayor, and townspeople joined in and lined the streets. Everything was a black and white theme including painted faces, black head and armbands, and the banners. The artists carried their masks instead of wearing them. The silent crowd wove its way through the town passing many collapsed buildings ending about 2 ½ hours later at the Jacmel Cemetery where we buried all of the banners and black strips of cloth in a grave. It was a beautiful way to pay tribute.

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