“Every four years, the nation turns to Iowa for the Presidential Caucus. Politicos near and far cling to this now infamous credo:
“”As goes Iowa, so goes the nation””
With Atlanta’s beloved Dogwood Festival just a week away, I’ve got a new one for you:
As goes the Dogwood Festival, so goes Atlanta.
Now in its 73rd year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is one of Atlanta’s premier events. Last year, however, drought conditions forced the festival from its home in Piedmont Park to the parking lot at Lenox Square.
A festival celebrating the beautiful Dogwoods of Atlanta- many of which flourish in Piedmont Park- was moved to a mall parking lot, good news only for those that love outdoor festivals and 1.5 million square feet of indoor, air conditioned mall-icious retail . Pretty depressing, if you ask me.
Where’s Waldo? Can you spot the Dogwoods in this mall parking lot?
A year later, and the festival is returning to its rightful place in Piedmont Park. We’re not completely out of the drought’s clutches, but we’re almost there. Provided the weather cooperates, the sun will only be blocked by the dogwoods- not by a mall.
Why is there a Dogwood Festival, you might ask? According to the festival’s site:
On April 19, 1936, Atlanta invites the world to attend her first Dogwood Festival. Walter Rich, president of ADF and founder of Rich’s department store, seeks to make Atlanta internationally known for the blooming of the dogwood trees during the week-long event. Trees are planted in all parts of Atlanta under the sponsorship of the garden clubs and public spirited citizens interested in the beautification of the city. Pageants, parades and carnivals sponsored by the Junior League, along with performances by the Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Symphony, and choruses from local colleges, are featured.
Why should you go to the Dogwood Festival?
Art. Music. Food. Blooming Dogwoods. Joie de Vivre.
“”As goes the Dogwood Festival, so goes Atlanta””.
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival takes place April 17-19. Click here for more info.”