Caribbean Cultural Festival June 25 – Henry County Times

The Caribbean Association of Georgia, Inc. (CAG) will be celebrating the 10th Annual McDonough Caribbean Cultural Festival on Saturday, June 25 from 1-8 p.m. at Avalon Park. The family event is free and open to the public. This year, CAG will not only celebrate 10 years of hosting the festival, but the humanitarian organization will continue the tradition of bringing the largest and most anticipated Caribbean celebration to South Atlanta. It is also the first time the gathering will return after a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers of the event say this year’s theme is unity and honoring Caribbean American culture during Caribbean American Heritage Month.

Guests will experience several unique features during the festival, including One Caribbean Village. One Caribbean Village will allow families to be transported to the Caribbean without leaving Henry County. CAG President Samantha Samuels said, “Our vision is for our guests to have an in-depth insight and appreciation for each of the Caribbean countries in our rich diaspora. The organization hopes One Caribbean Village will continue CAG’s one love mission, Samuels continued, “We’ve all been through a lot during this pandemic and we wanted this festival to be about harmony, love and pleasure.”

Festival-goers will also enjoy an extravagant musical experience with three of Atlanta’s top DJs, including DJ Ezzy B, followed by live performances from Reggae singing sensation Kenne Blessin and multi-hyphenated Reggae artist , Michael Star. Festival attendees will also witness a friendly yet competitive all-female cricket tournament. The event will feature a wide variety of delicious food, treats and beverages representing the islands and cultures of the Caribbean. The whole family can shop at Caribbean vendors for fashion, jewelry and some of the best service the south has to offer.

Moms and dads can relax as the kids enjoy face painting, inflatables, games and giveaways in the Caribbean Kid’s Zone. Vendors of health and wellness products will be present as well as the Blood Mobile, which will receive vital donations.

This year, organizers will honor local Caribbean leaders for their humanitarian work and contributions to the Caribbean American community in Metro Atlanta. CAG will present media personalities, Wayne Hall and DJ Chigga with awards for their commitment to charity. Longtime CAG member Verna Muthoni will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her tireless dedication to Caribbean arts and culture. The founders of the highly respected Atlanta Georgia Relays, Taneisha and Keith Murray, will also receive the Sports Pioneer Award.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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James C. Tibbs