The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders are committed to fostering the vibrant cultural and artistic expressions of the Caribbean as agents of social change, engines of economic growth, and catalysts for integration.
HISTORY OF ATLANTA CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL AND ACCBA
In 1987, a diverse group representing several Caribbean islands came together to familiarize the metro Atlanta community with Caribbean culture through the presentation of a West Indian style carnival. The first Caribbean Carnival in Atlanta was held in 1988 and became the official kick-off of the U.S. carnival season and brought thousands of visitors to metro Atlanta for Memorial Day weekend. The events surrounding Atlanta Carnival became a mainstay on the calendars of West Indians from all over the world.
In 2003, several leaders of local masquerade bands came together to form the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA). The group was formed to represent the interests of the masquerade bands in the planning of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. The goal of the group was to serve as an advocate to represent the needs of the bandleaders and to offer mentoring and aid to those taking part in the art form of producing carnival costumes.