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Lanse kòd animate Jacmel Carnival

Carnival spectators watch as the lanse kòd pass by on the parade route. Lanse kòd, or the rope-throwers, work out for months to prepare for their menacing role in Jacmel, Haiti's Carnival parade. (Photo: Ben Depp)

The past few weeks have been the season of carnivals in the Americas, but when it comes to street celebrations there's over-the-top, and then there's Haiti. 

In the southern town of Jacmel, for example, the drunky-go-lucky atmosphere of Rio or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, is instead a parade of aggression, summoned from the country's dark history.

And Canadian journalist Susana Ferreira  has been running with the Rope Throwers, the baddest boys on Jacmel's block.

Susana's dispatch 

The March 1 Dispatches program

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