Probably the thing Jacmel is MOST famous for is Carnival. Sometimes spelled Carnaval, this is a big celebration each year right before lent, similar to Mardi Gras. A big component of Carnival is paper mache. Masks of all sorts are made by artists her in Jacmel and are paraded through the streets.
It's cool living in Jamel, because there's art all around. Painters, metal artists, sculpters... it's NEAT. Here's one of Nia's pics from today on our walk... an artist's studio with some of his paper mache for sale.
If you're interested in Carnival in Jacmel, I would HIGHLY suggest the book, "After the Dance: a walk through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti." It is written my Edwidge Danticat, a very prominent Haitian author (I love her). Two ENTHUSIASTIC thumbs up.