Atlanta Caribbean Carnival will hit the streets on the weekend

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The 36th edition of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival will once again feature popular mas bands and fully display West Indian culture in the city’s downtown core

The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival which was cancelled last year, will be back on the streets this weekend.

And there will be one –not two or more Caribbean carnivals this year in Atlanta, organizers note.

Patricia Tonge Edigin, President of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ATCCBA), said “Atlanta wants to see one united and inclusive Caribbean Carnival.

“And with the big bands returning, we look forward to having one carnival. It is only fair to our patrons and masqueraders.”

“The official downtown Atlanta Caribbean Carnival will also have a revamped 2023 parade route on May 27, along with a new accompanying post-parade concert venue, the Westside Park,” she pointed out.

Organizers said that there will be twelve major bands in the downtown parade and that mas’ players will be coming from various parts of the United States, including Miami, Virginia, Jacksonville and South Carolina.

The ACCBA has confirmed that there will also be an “all-encompassing Antillean cast” at this year’s carnival. It will include St Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous; Trinidad and Tobago’s Farmer Nappy and Shal Marshall; Barbados’s Alison Hinds, Lil Rick and DJ Cheem; Antigua’s Burning Flames and Kenne Blessin; US Virgin Island’s Pumpa; Dominica’s Asa Banton; and St Lucia’s Motto — the 2023 parade’s Grand Marshal.

J’ouvert events will take place at Silverbacks Park on Friday from 9A.M. to 3 P.M.