PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Doubters said it was crazy to try to put on an ice show in the blazing Caribbean heat that bakes one of the world’s poorest countries.
Yet, after nearly a year of postponement after postponement, it looks as if “Haiti on Ice” will actually happen. This weekend. Maybe. If the ice doesn’t melt.
“Many problems happened,” Yrius said. The heat was the chief one, besting his ice-making machinery. “It’s not strong enough to keep the ice.”
The delays have become something of a running joke for Haitian media.
After yet another cancellation, journalist Claude Bernard Serant quipped about Haiti being a country “where the possible is impossible.”
But Yrius says this time the show will really go on. He hopes.
This weekend’s performers include Russian-born figure skater Elena Glebova, the French pair skater Yannick Bonheur, German figure skater Annette Dytrt and British Olympian Penny Coomes.
Tickets run $4.50 for children to $50 for the best seats in the house, a steep price for people in Haiti, where many don’t have steady work and the average annual income is about $400.