Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival produced by the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA) takes place May 26th - 29th . The famous Memorial Weekend festival recently received a huge dose of mainstream buzz upon the announcement that American Reality TV Star, Producer and Entrepreneur Martell Holt and Clarkston, GA Mayor Beverly Burks will join St. Lucia’s Motto as co-Grand Marshals of the 2023 festivities.
The festival’s 36th edition of will bring true Caribbean flair to the downtown core of the city of Atlanta and will bring St. Lucia’s culture into focus with Motto, one of the island’s most prominent Soca singer-songwriters, producers and performers serving as Grand Marshal of the parade as well as performing at the ACCBA’s key Carnival events which include the official J’ouvert event at Atlanta’s Silverbacks Stadium Park on Friday May 26th from 9AM to 6PM.
The St. Lucian Soca Star known for hit songs such as ‘Outsider’, ‘Big Ride’, ‘Shots’, ‘One Woman’, ‘Uber Everywhere’ will also perform at the post-parade concert at the Westside Park on May 27th and will additionally receive a proclamation from the city of Atlanta for his contributions to Caribbean culture.
Adding some pop-culture attention and mainstream exposure to the Carnival weekend mix will be Motto’s co-Grand Marshal, Martell Holt. Holt who is a former teacher and current real estate mogul and community leader is best known for starring on OWN Network’s popular reality series ‘Love & Marriage: Huntsville’.
Joining Motto and Martell Holt in Grand Marshal duties is Beverly Burks, the Mayor of the city of Clarkston, Georgia and an ardent humanitarian.
With regards to Motto’s participation in the Carnival, ACCBA President Patricia Tonge Edigin stated, “Motto is very deserving of this honour, he is the top artiste in St. Lucia and he promotes his island. He is an easy artiste to work with and he is very humble. This year we're celebrating the beautiful island of St. Lucia and it’s only fitting to have him as our Grand Marshal.”
Regarding the selection of Martell Holt for the upcoming Carnival celebrations she shared, “In addition to the positive correspondence with him, the reason why we picked Martell is because of his love for his children. Lately in the news all we see are children being abused. As a single father he made sure no matter what he is going through he puts his children first. Having him along with Mayor Beverly Burks, who is a true community advocate and major champion of diversity and inclusion is indeed a blessing to our 2023 festival.”
Atlanta Caribbean Carnival is a major revenue generator for Atlanta and brilliantly displays Caribbean culture in the city’s metropolitan area.
In addition to Motto, the events will feature an extensive cross-Caribbean cast of performers, several celebrated Carnival elements and a wide assortment of the region’s beloved cuisine.