The Millennium Madness majorettes and drummers were gathered on the grassy field beside Martin Luther King Jr Avenue rehearsing and performing during Africa in April in Memphis 4/21/12
Africa in April is held every year in Memphis’ Church Park just outside the Beale Street Historic District. It is a festival of vendors, food and live music celebrating a different African nation each year. 4/21/12
Rain disrupted the first day of Africa in April in downtown Memphis on Friday April 20, but there was still a small crowd in Handy Park listening to the usual blues band.
Africa in April has become a spring tradition in Memphis, and while it might not be exactly Freaknik, it’s as close as we’ve ever gotten in Memphis, since it usually involves bright, sunny weather, street vendors, good food, live music and huge crowds of people. This year, Nigeria was the African country being honored, and the pretty weather brought out the people (and unfortunately, the politicians as well).