Lanta Gras parade coming up this Saturday

Posted by Mary Margaret Stewart January 25, 2017

Beverly Beyer (center) takes shelter from the sun under an umbrella before the start of the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood. File photo by Jonathan Phillips

Andy and Shauna Greene, the couple who started the Lanta Gras parade in Kirkwood last year, are ready for the 2017 celebration.

The Greenes encourage Atlanta residents to come out and join the festivities on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Shauna is looking forward to the kick off as “this event exceeded expectations in 2016.” The parade will begin outside of the Greene’s house, located at 88 Kirkwood Rd NE at Bessie Branham Park, and the Mardi Gras party will follow in downtown Kirkwood, on Hosea L. Williams Blvd.

This free event will feature live music and “Mardi-Gras themed menus.”

According to a press release, Lanta Gras is a nonprofit based in Kirkwood to help “build community and opportunities for children through the common bond of music.”

“Our goal is to establish a program offering brass and percussion musical instruction to middle and high school youth within our greater community of 30317: Kirkwood, East Lake, and Edgewood.”

All funds raised by the Lanta Gras parade will go toward supporting Lanta Gras’ mission.

For more information about this Saturday, check out the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Lanta-Gras-213625998974590/events/.

For more information about the festival,  visit: https://www.lantagras.com/

Here are some photos from the 2016 event:

Dressed as a crawfish, Diane Loupe (right) hands a string of beads to Cindy Hampton before the start of the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Katarro Rountree (left) and Dennis Ruffin throw beads to the crowd during the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Zachary Danzig looks over the side of a float before the start of the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Amber Hall works to detangle a bunch of beads during the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Trevor Powell (center) stands in a float before the start of the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Andy Greene speaks to the crowd to start off the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Chantelle Rytter (center) dances down the street as she participates in first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Wolfpack ATL’s Dashill Smith (left) and Kebbi Williams play music as they march in the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Xander Golubic (left) practices launching beads into the air with a bow before the start of the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Atlanta City Council member Natalyn Mosby Archibong tosses beads to the crowd during the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Autumn Greene (left) and Jillian Loux toss beads to the crowd during the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Reshell Baldini (right) and her daughter Kennedy wave to the crowd from a float during the first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Emily Cook (center) dances down the street as she participates in first annual LantaGras Parade in Kirkwood.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

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