“We have diverse group of people on the committee who all bring something to the table,” said a spokesperson for the group. “We are using a more tech savvy approach from Facebook to Twitter, to Instagram to blogs. We’ve already got a few events lined up and everyone is excited and using their expertise to spread the word.”
Shoni Hymes, an Atlanta transplant from Chicago is a Carnival chairperson and creator of the social media team. She has worked on the committees of several Caribbean organizations and has Jamaican heritage.
She is joined by Andre` Scott who lends his social media expertise he gained from DTP (Disturbing Tha Peace) records to Carnival. Next on the team is Delaney Morris, a senior marketing major at Georgia State University who is participating in the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival for the first time. Morris expressed her excitement to learn more about the Caribbean culture and witness the festivities. Celebrity and magazine photographer Jonas Black is also a part of the group.
Also on the team is Bahamian media personality, Arthia Nixon who heads the Caribbean news department of the Florida and Georgia star and is seen several times a week in the islands as an Atlanta correspondent for Caribbean television and radio. Rounding out the group is Melanie Ramcharran of Middle Eastern decent who enthusiastically volunteered last Carnival season and has come back to be part of the social media team.
The group is gearing up for the first event leading up to the parade, taking place on January 26, 2013. For volunteer opportunities with the social media team, please contact atlcarnival25@