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POLL: Do you want Freaknik back in Atlanta?

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Freaknikers from Southern Illinois University danced around Five Points in downtown Atlanta in 1996. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he doesn't expect the party to return to Atlanta.

That illustrious, verifiable source we know as The Internet says that Freaknic (sic) is coming back. “The Official Atlanta Freaknic Site” says it’ll be April 16-18 in Washington Park. It also says that the 2010 theme is “Super Freak,” and that “Freaknic is a private event for members only. You must register on this site and pledge to not break the law.” It adds, “There are no nude pictures on this Web site.”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says no way. Or rather, “I don’t believe it will materialize and it’s not my intention for the city to be supportive of it.” He points out that nobody has filed for a permit. It’s not clear who the organizers of the Web site are.

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Freaknik started in the 1980s as a picnic for college kids who couldn’t travel during spring break, but by the mid-1990s, it was a street party that drew about 200,000 students, mostly from historically black college and universities. It was notorious for gridlock caused by cruising and wretched treatment of women. It ended in 1999 when the city imposed hard-core restrictions.

And yet, there are always rumbles of it coming back, and plenty who had great experiences at Freaknik over the years.

An AJC story quoted Councilman Ivory Young as saying “Freaknik as it was previously defined can’t work for Atlanta,” but he made the point, too, that the city should be prepared for “any crowd of folks,” who want to stay in town and spend some money.

What do you think? Would you welcome Freaknik back? Should the city? Can Freaknik make a comeback as a safe party for all, and without traffic mayhem, or should it stay a thing of the past?

Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments, but before you type, remember that this is not a place for stereotypes, race-baiting or epithets. Keep the conversation respectful, or your comments will be removed.

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Boo

February 25th, 2010
8:43 am

No just no…but hell no. Traffic is bad enough around here and throw in a bunch of out of towners, partying, drinking. It has nothing to do with race at all. Just don’t want drunks and rabble rousers here! Got enough of those already!

Grad Student

February 25th, 2010
8:43 am

Here we go with some stupid comments from some raci$ts. Bring your true hate out! We see you. It is Ghetto when it is urban but do you hear about Panama City Beach nudity and lack of self respect down there. Big double standard.

(How about fantasy fest in KEY west! you do not see us walking around with body paint on!!! why is this not outlawed!!

Good thing most of the younger people has not bought into the older generations HATE and IGNORANCE! I am glad most of you will be GONE SOON!!!!

The traffic was because the police road blocks!@!!

WERKIN FOR A LIVIN

February 25th, 2010
8:39 am

go ahead, its always good for some laughs on the news following it.

stw

February 25th, 2010
8:38 am

I can see where you’ve hit a hot button here, when you “already” have 5 comments and the vote is 3-1 against..I suggest Chicago where I’m sure they’ll feel at home..

Mike

February 25th, 2010
8:36 am

Why would anyone wan’t semi-organized chaos in their city? But it is Atlanta…..

Grad Student

February 25th, 2010
8:36 am

I was a high school senior at Redan High in 94… outkast was on the radio… freaknic was just about fun and hanging out and celebrating youth… as I got older and went to G State It peaked and declined with the lack of support from the city. It could have been a great revenue generation source for the city, but instead they chose to start shutting down streets and re directing traffic… why were these kids not embraced like other events?

I feel that Freaknic can never be the same and as a father now I would rather see Freaknik as a thing of the past. Atlanta does not support these sort of events. They will lock you up and throw away the key. I suggest people go to Daytona FL, South beach FL, or Myrtle beach SC.

Absolutely Not

February 25th, 2010
8:33 am

Absolutely not! Crime has increased and the ATL has changed drematically since the days of Freaknik. It used to be a fun event full of people having a good time like a huge block party but now I am afraid with the increase of the thug and gangster mentality it would be a combination for violence.Atlanta has changed so much that this event would have too many negative consequences and would not be the great party it once was for our city.

ktmain02

February 25th, 2010
8:32 am

It’s Freaknik everyday in Downtown Atl what is allt he fuss about?

wesleywhawhat

February 25th, 2010
8:30 am

ZERO chance of that happening…

David Duke

February 25th, 2010
8:29 am

Hell No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!