Atlanta's Seed & Feed Marching Abominable band celebrates their 50th anniversary at Inman Park Parade

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable band. (Juliette Mansour)

In Atlanta, joyful noise is made by the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable – our region’s proudly weird marching band comprises all volunteer players.

The group has been a fixture of the yearly Inman Park Parade for decades. In fact, they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary at this year’s parade.

Described by its founder Kelley Morris as “a band for the sake of its own effect,” unbound to any brand, business or political agenda, the Marching Abominable unleashed its joy on the unsuspecting community in 1974, and it shows no signs of slowing down. 

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with band manager Joann Cebulski, along with band booker and member Patricia Pichardo to share stories from the Abominable adventure.

“Our goal is to find places where people don’t expect us, but also to find places where they need us. Where is it a good opportunity to have some healthy connections with their environments and their community – that’s what we’re looking for,” said Pichardo.

The Inman Park Festival Parade is Saturday, April 27, starting at 2 p.m.