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Atlanta Caribbean Carnival prepares for major celebration Memorial weekend
Atlanta Caribbean Carnival prepares for major celebration Memorial weekend

"Carnival is mas and music!" The dynamic theme of the 2012 Atlanta Caribbean Carnival was vibrant and alive Saturday, April 7, during the official launch and press conference for the annual cultural spectacular, held at the Atlanta downtown Sheraton.   

With 2012, being the 50th anniversary of Independence for both Jamaica and Carnival's celebrated home nation of Trinidad, expectations have heightened for this years event, taking place Memorial weekend in the historic Auburn Avenue district. 

"Jamaica and Trinidad are going to mashup (slang: party hard) the place!" joked Vin Martin, Jamaica's honorary consul to Atlanta.  Receiving excited applause, Martin gave words of welcome to the Caribbean Carnival and the upcoming Jamaica Jubilee events.

Special greetings were also delivered from the office of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, through his Chief of Staff Jay Tribby.  Both representatives sent welcome to the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, a major cultural attraction which has brought thousands of tourists to the city for the past 24 years.

Invited guests and members of the media were treated to enticing bites of favorite island dishes catered by Caribbean Flavors, the melodic sounds of live pan music -the official instrument of Carnival -- by PanSonics Steel Band, and a sneak peak of the colorful array of tempting masquerade costumes that will soon hit the road in May.  Models from a small sample of the parade bands sent models dancing down the runway: Dadli Mas Troupe, For the Love of Haiti, Impulse Mas, PRIZM International, and United For Haiti.

Hosted by Tania Sky, Junior Miss and Queen pagaent contestants, representing the diversity of various Caribbean islands were also introduced: Cilya Howell, 15 (Haiti), Zakiya Thomas, 13 (Trinidad and Tobago), Norna Augustave, 22 (Haiti), and Natasha Cli, 19 (Guyana).

With carnival season in the air and officially begun, several sponsors whose contributions helped make the event a reality, were also in attendance: Caribbean Flavors, Daflava Radio, Da Reggae Scene, Eloquence PR, Essien Agency PR, Focus TV, Gil Vision, Largeradio.Com, Nellie‚Äôs Iron Pot,  Red Carpet Shelley.Com, SmallIslandMassive.Com, and The Caribbean Association Of Georgia.

For more information visit: www.atlantacarnival.org