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The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival is an annual event that takes place during Memorial Day Weekend. Thousands of people are drawn to the Caribbean festival with fantastic music, dancing, costumes, food, and children's activities. The major highlight of the celebration is the colorful Atlanta Carnival Parade of bands that occurs from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy bright costumes and great music while the parade passes through the city. It finishes at Central Park where the festival continues with reggae, soca and other music, performances, food vendors and an art and crafts fair with goods from all over the world. Children's Carnival takes place on a different weekend at Historic Fourth Ward Park.
The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival was first held in 1988 when several Caribbean islands diasporas came together and decided to introduce the metro Atlanta community to a West Indian style carnival phenomenon. The event has become one of the most colourful festivals in Atlanta drawing people from all over the state of Georgia.