To promote a broader understanding and deeper appreciation for Caribbean culture by seeking the interest of Atlanta Caribbean carnival groups and using the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival as a vehicle for the promotion of Caribbean culture among the broader Metro Atlanta community.
History of Atlanta Caribbean Carnival and ACCBA
In 1987, a diverse group representing several Caribbean islands came together to familiarize the metro Atlanta community with Caribbean culture through the presentation of a West Indian style carnival. The first Caribbean Carnival in Atlanta was held in 1988 and became the official kick-off of the U.S. carnival season and brought thousands of visitors to metro Atlanta for Memorial Day weekend. The events surrounding Atlanta Carnival became a mainstay on the calendars of West Indians from all over the world.
In 2003, several leaders of local masquerade bands came together to form the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA); this 501 c (3) organization officially launched in January 2004. The group was formed to represent the interests of the masquerade bands in the planning of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. The goal of the group was to serve as an advocate to represent the needs of the bandleaders and to offer mentoring and aid to those taking part in the art form of producing carnival costumes.
Since 2005, ACCBA has produced the annual Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. The group has brought thousands of patrons to venues throughout Metro Atlanta including the Georgia International Horse Park, Clark Atlanta University Panthers Stadium, Panthersville Stadium in Decatur, Piedmont Park and HIFi Buys Amphitheatre to partake in the music and food of the Caribbean. ACCBA is dedicated to producing events that helps increase awareness of the various Caribbean art forms and to working within the community to promote diversity and art education.
This year's festivities promise to be even more exciting than ever. The Parade of Bands and the performances at the Festival Village are guaranteed to take the Atlanta Carnival to the next level. Thank you in advance for your help and support in making Atlanta Caribbean Carnival a huge success.