10th Annual McDonough Caribbean Cultural Festival

The Caribbean Association of Georgia, Inc.(GAC) will celebrate tene Annual McDonough Caribbean Cultural Festival, Saturday, June 25e2022, at Avalon Park, 1068 Industrial Parkway McDonough, GA 30253 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The family event is free and open to the public. This year GAC 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, among which, A Caribbean village. One Caribbean Village will allow families to be transported to the Caribbean without leaving Henry County. President of the CAG, 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 an all-female yet competitive 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 on site as well as the Blood Mobile collecting 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 feature media personalities, Wayne Hall and DJ Chigga rewarded for their charitable work. Long-time member of the CAG, Verna Muthoni, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless dedication to Caribbean arts and culture. Founders of the highly respected Atlanta Georgia Relays, Taneisha and Keith Murraywill also receive the Sports Pioneer Award.

Vendor and sponsorship packages are available at www.caribbeangeorgia.org/festival.

The McDonough Caribbean Cultural Festival organized by CAG has been serving the community since 2010. The Caribbean Association of Georgia, Inc is a tax-exempt 501©3 humanitarian and cultural organization committed to supporting causes that affect the Caribbean community American at home and across the Caribbean diaspora. It was founded in 2008 and incorporated in 2009. The organization provides valuable services to local communities by caring for the homeless, feeding troops at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and providing support to victims of domestic violence in local shelters. The organization also offers employment, homeownership, and immigration training for residents of the Metro Atlanta area. CAG supports people devastated by deadly storms in the Caribbean and the United States. To learn more, join or donate to the work of CAG, visit www.caribbeangeorgia.org.

Darcy J. Skinner