Saturday, May 25, 2013

Miss Universe Bahamas Begins Duties As Atlanta Carnival Grand Marshall Plus Toasts The Town With Bahama Fete

Miss Universe Bahamas with Derrick Boazman, Atlanta city council

(Atlanta, Georgia) Miss Universe Bahamas Celeste Marshall’s tour of the city of Atlanta got into high gear on Thursday, May 23 as she began her duties as grand marshal of the 25th Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. Documenting her was the production crew from DIRadiocast and JEM media group, co-producers of #Bahamas40Atl

Marshall began the evening by taking the stage of  underground Atlanta to greet a very supportive crowd many of cheered her on as being a positive inspiration to young Black and Caribbean women . After being introduced by Patricia Henry, the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association, she had opportunity to meet city Council members as well as media from several Caribbean and American outlets. The ever graceful and poised Marshall also wowed photographers with her beauty  receiving  multiple compliments.

Miss Buckhead Georgia, Miss Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, Miss Universe Bahamas
and Patricia Henry, ACCBA President

Marshall expressed her excitement and gratitude on being named grand marshals of this year's parade. Marshall issued a special thank you to the ACCBA for allowing her to take part in the event. She was  given a front-row seat as a cornucopia of color, Caribbean ingenuity and design was displayed through costume, when the king and queen contestants representing each band, vied for bragging rights and the title for the year.

“We have junkanoo back home [in The Bahamas],” said Marshall while observing the cultural form of expression.

“Carnival is different yet similar at the same time. Overall, it is a very proud moment to be a part of the region  to see that our heritage is alive and well in the United States  especially here in the city of Atlanta.”

Immediately following her duties at Underground Atlanta. Marshall was taken to Bar One, owned by Peter Thomas, a Jamaican-American entrepreneur and husband of supermodel and Real Housewives of Atlanta castmate Cynthia Bailey.

Miss Bahamas Universe with Peter Thomas

The evening culminated with a Bahamian Fete at 595 North which the featured Grand Bahama DJ, Da Lioness and Rake ‘n’ Scrape artist, Stileet as headliners. There beauty queen was warmly welcomed by Atlanta-Bahamians as she showed that she the crowd  knew how to “mash roach” among other Bahamian dances.

Marshall’s is slated to visit other areas of Georgia and North Florida as a part to the #Bahamas40Atl project.

By Arthia Nixon