Freaknik Bids for Comeback, but Does Anyone Care?
(AJC) — During its heyday in the mid-1990s, everyone had an opinion about Freaknik. Nearly a generation later, there doesn’t seem to be much interest in reviving the spring break street party, though a pair of promoters are trying to change that. They’ve scheduled competing events for April 15-17 — one at Grant Park, the other at South Bend Park off Lakewood Avenue. The former’s permit has been approved, while the latter’s is still pending, according to an Atlanta police spokesman, though neither permit is for the kind of large-scale bash typically associated with Freaknik. “When I first got down to Atlanta, everyone said, ‘Wait ’til you experience Freaknik,’ ” said Tyler Gibson, a Morehouse College freshman. But he’s heard little about this year’s planned events. “There’s no buzz. Not even from the upperclassmen who had brothers or sisters who’ve been before.”