The sun was bright and it was hot. And we did not care. We were having too much fun.
This year’s carnival theme, “It’s Yours, It’s Mine, It’s Carnival,” celebrated the Caribbean community’s ethnic and cultural diversity. The carnival Akicked off at noon with the Parade of Bands. The parade began in downtown Atlanta on West Peachtree Street and concluded in the Historic Sweet Auburn district. Historic Auburn Avenue has a history of being a rich source African American culture. Its the home Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Sr and Jr both pastored, as well as the location of the former Royal Peacock Club, a hugely popular reggae joint that also has a past as an Atlanta stomping ground for BB King and Gladys Knight. A portion of Auburn Ave. was transformed into Festival Village, where attendees experienced the sights, sounds, and food of the Caribbean.
There were tens of thousands of people in attendance. The crowd was lively and joyous. These are some of the images from the parade as it rounded Sweet Auburn.
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