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   Saturday, February 25, 2017 

United States of America FlagAtlanta Carnival 2008 Receives Official "Support" by Elected Officials

The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival 2008 Receives "Official" Support by Elected Officials Throughout the City and State

By Jacqueline Louis

 Press Release     

Themed, “Unity through Diversity-Celebrating 20 Years,” the Official Atlanta Caribbean Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2008 in downtown Atlanta. In promoting the recognition of the Caribbean community, strategic alliances were forged with elected officials throughout the City of Atlanta and State of Georgia, to support the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival festivities, as well as the long-term viability of Caribbean arts, culture and community development.

“The City of Atlanta proudly celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival,” says City of Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, further sharing that: “The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival – a celebration of cuisine, culture and history–adds, in no small part to Atlanta’s cultural landscape. For generations, Caribbean nationals have added to the vitality of the Atlanta, through their achievements and contributions of business, politics, education, community service and culture. By recognizing the efforts of Caribbean nationals, we can encourage the importance of inclusion in building a bright future for everyone. We extend best wishes for a successful celebration.”

In addition, an official proclamation by the Atlanta City Council, represented by Councilman C.T. Martin will be presented during the Carnival festivities on Saturday, May 24. This proclamation announces the City’s support of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival as the “Official” Caribbean Carnival celebration, and also, deems Memorial Day Weekend, as “the Official Atlanta Caribbean Carnival weekend.” The City of Atlanta will also present an unprecedented Phoenix Award recognizing the many talents of international recording artist, Machel Montano as the “Caribbean Music Ambassador.”

Also among this esteemed group of supporters is State Representative Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain): “I am indeed privileged to take part in the celebratory events of the Caribbean community, as their accomplishments and contributions to our state-indeed our nation, is most deservedly worthy of honor and recognition.”

Both the City of Atlanta and State representatives will be presented with unique UNITY Ambassador awards in recognition of their ongoing commitment and support of the Caribbean community.

The main Atlanta Caribbean Carnival events will be held in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, May 24, and include a Parade of Bands, that begins at 12:00 PM on West Peachtree, and ends with a Festival Village and lively onstage entertainment in the historic Auburn District-between Jesse Hill Jr. and Hillard Streets. For further information, media inquiries and/or interviews, contact Jacqueline Louis at jacquelinelouis@msn.com or 404-664-0541. For general information about the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, contact Annette Lemonn at 404-587-5195.

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