Large Caribbean carnivals coming to Atlanta, DeKalb this weekend

Kimberly Sandy dances during a past Caribbean carnival in Atlanta.

Credit: Jonathan Phillips

Credit: Jonathan Phillips

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather across Atlanta and DeKalb County over Memorial Day weekend for a celebration of Caribbean culture.

The Atlanta DeKalb Caribbean Carnival will bring a large festival and parade to Stonecrest, featuring carnival-style bands and festive outfits. The DeKalb carnival will block several streets during the parade from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, the city of Stonecrest said.

Participants in last year’s Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Parade. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

The parade begins on Mall Parkway and goes down Stonecrest Square to Mall Ring Road, and finishes near Atlanta Sports City, where the carnival offers live music and vendors. Tickets to the DeKalb festival, which is organized by the Atlanta Carnival Bandleaders Council, cost between $20 and $40. Stonecrest said 20,000 people are expected to attend.

In intown Atlanta, the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival runs for several days starting Friday with a street party at the Murphy Park Fairgrounds.

The carnivals seek to promote a broader understanding of Caribbean culture among the Atlanta community. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

The parade on Saturday begins near Gartrell Street and ends at Central Park in northeast Atlanta. There will be a parade and festival village at the park on Saturday and Sunday.

There are several ticket packages for the Atlanta carnival.

The first Caribbean carnival in Atlanta was held in 1988, after a group representing several Caribbean islands came together in metro Atlanta. Since then, people have flocked to Atlanta on Memorial Day weekend for West Indian-style carnivals to celebrate the culture.

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