April 28, 2006 – Atlanta, Georgia: One of the Atlanta’s most talked about events – the “official” Atlanta Caribbean Carnival 2006: 18th Annual Memorial Day Caribbean Folk Festival and Parade of Bands – once again, will bring the flavors of the Caribbean to the city of Atlanta. In a collaborative effort to promote the rich diversity of the Caribbean culture, The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA), the organization who coordinated last year’s Caribbean Festival at the Georgia International Horse Park located in Conyers, Georgia, has joined forces with the long-standing non-profit organization The Atlanta Peach Carnival, Inc. to bring its festival participants the Atlanta Caribbean Folk Festival and “Parade of Bands”.
The “Parade of Bands” will be held on Saturday, May 27th, 2006. The parade route begins at the Civic Center Marta Station on West Peachtree Street, goes to Peachtree Street, turns right on International Boulevard, left on Centennial Drive, right on Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, left on Walnut Street, right on Beckwith Street and continues to Clark Atlanta University’s Panther Stadium. Bands/troupes will parade in front of an audience and judges at the “Marketplace” (Panther Stadium).
The Atlanta Caribbean Folk Festival is a family-friendly event as well as a cultural experience. The “Marketplace” will allow Festivalgoers to enjoy authentic exotic Caribbean food while listening to the melodies of steel band music and local artist. Festivalgoers will also shop the arts and crafts booths which will be packed with a host of vendors who display quality merchandise representing the colorful flare of the Caribbean culture.
Other activities surrounding the festival include the official launching of Atlanta’s 2006 Caribbean Carnival “Picnic and Pan in the Park” to be held at Piedmont Park on May 6th, 2006 from 3pm-6pm. Additionally, on Saturday, May 6, 2006 from 4pm-6pm, the Atlanta Caribbean Folk Festival (ACFF) – Atlanta Peach Carnival, Inc. will host a presentation and panel discussion featuring the film documentary “Footsteps of My Father”. The film will review the Caribbean culture from Africa to present. Mr. Charles Johnson, CEO of the Sweet Auburn Festival, is guest speaker for dialogue. The Kiddies Carnival to be held at Wade Walker Park (5585 Rockbridge Rd., Stone Mountain, GA) on May 20th, 2006 from 12pm-7pm. The 5th Annual Memorial Day Soccer Tournament and Caribbean Family Reunion 2006 will be held on May 28, 2006 from 10am-8pm. The tournament will be held at Wade Walker Park (5585 Rockbridge Rd., Stone Mountain, GA).
Tickets to the Atlanta Caribbean Folk Festival will be sold at the Clark Atlanta Panthers Stadium for $5 at the door. Parking is $10. Festival management also encourages the use of MARTA to attend the activities at the Clark Atlanta University Panthers Stadium located at 735 Beckwith Street, Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information, including the vendor registration form is available at http://www.atlantacarnival.org or http://www.acffonline.com. If you are interested in being a volunteer at any on this year’s festival activities, please call Annette Lemonn at (404)428-0457.
Related links and downloads:
Links may refer to unofficial, satellite activities. Inclusion in this list should not be construed as endorsement by ACFF or ACCBA (or CaribiaDigest.com)
Pan in the Park – Saturday May 6th
Soca Pajama Jam – Saturday May 13th
Children’s Carnival – Saturday May 20th
6th Annual Panyard J’Ouvert Jam – Friday May 26th
Jam Band/Positive Image/Sugar Band Friday May 26th
Atlanta Carnival Parade & Folk Festival – Saturday May 27th
Lyn’s Caribbean Delights/Carnival Menu
NuVybes (Suga Band)/Positive Image Saturday May 27th
Guyana Association Family Fun Day – Sunday May 28th
Guyana Association Annual Independence Ball – Sunday May 28th
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Monday May 29th
Patrick McBain: Co-director of Atlanta Caribbean Folk Festival (ACFF) – Atlanta Peach Carnival, Inc.
Media Contact: Oldine Jean-Charles, Public Relations, LJCL, Inc. – Atlanta Caribbean Folk Festival (ACFF) – Atlanta Peach Carnival, Inc. / (404) 627-8702 [Official Web site: http://www.acffonline.com]
Annette J. Lemonn: President of Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA)
Media Contact: Charles Baker, Public Relations Officer – Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA) / (770) 883-4566 [Official Web site: http://www.atlantacarnival.org]