Top 5 Cultural Moments At The Atlanta Dekalb Carnival Parade

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Carnival has evolved into a never-ending movie of women showcasing innovative displays of bikinis, feathers and beads. Every once in a while, however, some cultural elements are infused into the Carnival experience in an attempt to conserve past traditions and add some cultural depth to the Carnival experience. Here are our top five (5) cultural moments from Atlanta Dekalb Carnival at Stone Crest Mall.


  • Atlanta Junkanoo

    1. Long before the spectacular rush-out, the exuberant Junkanoo dance troupes—groups of up to 1,000—will have been busy rehearsing their dazzling routines. The musicians will have perfected the hypnotic rhythms they’ll perform day and night on a cacophony of goatskin drums, cowbells, whistles, and horns; and the imaginative costume designers will have worked nonstop to weave their own special magic with beautifully coloured crepe paper and cardboard. (More at: Click Here )
  • Riddim Section

    1. In recent years, rhythm sections have become an increasingly important part of Trinidad’s musical landscape. They have always been used to augment steel orchestras, but the most impressive function as stand-alone outfits, using nothing but percussion.  (More at: Click Here )
  • Sailor Mas

    1. The sailor is perhaps the most popular traditional mas to play, due to its many variations, light weight, and inexpensive materials (please note the exception of the fancy sailor).  The Caribbean has a long history of occupation by naval militaries, including the French, English, and American Navies.  Over time, heightened, distorted, and/or satirical portrayals of various sailors became a staple of Carnival, especially for the versatility of the mas that allows for fancy portrayals (The Fancy/King variation), or non-fancy variations that embrace the bacchanal nature of “Bad Sailors” and “Sailors Ashore”.   (More at: Click Here )
  • VIASM Majorettes 

    1. The older meaning of “majorette” (also known as “drum majorette”) is “a young woman or girl who wears a uniform and makes a pattern of movements with a baton (= stick) by turning it and throwing it into the air, as part of a group of girls who do this or as the leader of a musical group”   (More at: Click Here ) The first Carnival in the history of the Virgin Islands was celebrated in 1912.
  • Haitian Flag Man

    1. He has been at almost every Atlanta Carnival since the history of Atlanta Carnival. He inspires curiosity, he inspires pride, he inspires pictures and he inspires an undeniable sense of cultural pride that few others have consistently done in a long while.
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Photos by Walter Drayton of Walter Drayton Photography




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