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Letter from the editor | May 2019

Emily Adams Keplinger


This issue showcases quite a few of the Carnival Memphis parties. Although “Carnival Week” does not kick-off until the end of this month with the annual Crown & Sceptre Ball on May 31, the Grand Krewes of Carnival Memphis have been busy holding their coronations and announcing their royal courts. But these groups are more than just showy pomp and pageantry. Sure they thrive on fun, but they also function as support groups for Carnival Memphis.  

“These organizations, currently called Grand Krewes, have members from many walks of life and throughout the Memphis area,” explained Ed Galfsky, Executive Director of Carnival Memphis. “Each Grand Krewe is an autonomous organization, having its own board of directors, royalty and members. But they all come together to help raise funds for our Children’s Charity Initiative (CCI).”

Galfsky continued, “Each year since 1999, Carnival Memphis has selected different agencies that work to improve the quality of life for children throughout the community to receive funds. The 2019 Children’s Charities are The Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc., Palmer Home for Children and Porter-Leath.”

Living up to its slogan, “Party With a Purpose,” Carnival Memphis has donated over $2,800,000, including matching funds, to local children’s charities since the inception of the CCI (a 501c3 non-profit organization).

Additionally, the mission of Carnival Memphis continues to recognize and promote an industry that has a major economic impact on the Mid-South community. The 2019 Business and Industry Salute honors the Home Furnishings & Decor Industry. Bob Berry, Worlds Away co-founder, is serving as Carnival Memphis King 2019. Get to know more about him through our profile feature, Signature Memphis.

There’s more fun on tap this month. Our very own Memphis in May International Festival, one of the leading festivals in North America, offers a month-long celebration. And this year, in celebration of Memphis’ 200th anniversary, the festival is honoring the colorful history, rich culture, food and music of Memphis. In addition to the well-known weekend events, like Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the Great American River Run, there’s also a new event — Celebrate Memphis. Make plans to join in “Celebrating 200 Years and a New Century of Soul!” To see the full calendar of events, including sanctioned events, go to the “2019 Salute” tab on the festival’s website, memphisinmay.org.