Written by: Lashley John
The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders once again brought international Caribbean sparkle and splendor to the streets of the city on Saturday, May 27, 2023.
This was the 36th year that the city was graced by the beauty of the Caribbean Carnival parade on the streets of Atlanta. The spectacular costumes combined with the high energy music engulfed the street, as the revelers journeyed through the four miles of the parade route.
The city’s West Side was the location of this year’s street procession, which finished at West Side Park in an enclosed festival village with live entertainment. There were around 15 live performers and a variety of Caribbean foods, beverages and all things culturally-Caribbean from a variety of vendors.
Despite its origins being Caribbean in nature, the parade continues to attract a global following. Flags from countries in Africa, Europe, South America etc. could be seen amongst the revelers. There was a strong message of inclusiveness in the air reflecting the wide appeal and the growing international attraction of this event. This form of Carnival attracts lots of tourism in the Caribbean and other places, such as London.
The Grand Marshalls for the Parade were Martell Holt from the television show “Love and Marriage Huntsville,” Mayor Beverly Burks, the Mayor of the city of Clarkston, one of the most diverse cities in the state of Georgia, and SOCA artist “MOTO,” whose country of St. Vincent was this year’s host country.
The City of Atlanta gave a proclamation to the Atlanta Band Leaders Association (ACCBA), in recognition of their 36 years of organizing the parade in the city. Council Member Honorable Natalie Hall presented the proclamation to Mrs. Patricia Henry, recognizing the benefits that the events have continued to contribute to the city and the role it plays in bringing cultural diversity to the city. Attracting people from around the country and the world to enjoy this event in the city. A proclamation was made naming the day “Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Appreciation Day,” in the city of Atlanta.
Patricia Henry was also given an award on behalf of the state of Georgia for her role in leadership in managing the Carnival in the city in her role as president of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Band Leaders Association.
The SOCA artist Moto was given a proclamation by the city of Fulton for his contributions and dedication to the Caribbean community in the city of Atlanta.
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