Freaknik promoter: “We’re expecting thousands of people”

BREAKING: Freaknik party has been canceled.

The return of Freaknik is real and it’s going to be spectacular, one of the party promoters promises. “I’m getting calls from people asking if it’s for real,” said promoter Danny Hefner. “It is real. We’re expecting a lot of people from all over the country.”

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Freaknik partygoers in 1996. AJC file photo/W.A. Bridges

Freaknik partygoers in 1996. AJC file photo/W.A. Bridges

Hefner didn’t attend the original Freakniks – he’s only 20 – but his mom did, and he’s heard stories. He and his fellow promoters thought bringing back the party for a new generation would be fun.

“This is going to be wild, fun, just like parties used to be,” he said. “We’re expecting thousands of people.”

But safety will be a priority, too. Promoters plan to provide security and a police presence to deal with traffic, he said. They specifically chose an events venue outside downtown Atlanta, with lots of parking capacity, to prevent the notorious traffic tie-ups of years past, he said.

The promotional blitz sent #FreaknikATL trending on social media. The party is scheduled for Labor Day weekend at The Atrium, which boasts amenities like VIP suites and an indoor heated pool.

“We’re going to have multiple DJs, games, all types of stuff,” Hefner said. “This is a one time thing for our generation.”

He sounded excited about the social media buzz the event is generating: “It’s been trending and it’s not even close to the party.”

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Stacy Lewis
Stacy Lewis

Oh, I remember Freaknick from 96-99. We all just left town. I'd rather be at the beach anyway, but now I'm REALLY glad I'll be out of town!

Davey C. Cheek
Davey C. Cheek

It's freaknik....just not in Atlanta and not as big and not as crazy....it's a poolparty where no one will be swimming

John Jay Kyser
John Jay Kyser

I went one year when I was home on vacay. Amazing crowd!

Carlene Kay Manville
Carlene Kay Manville

Well, all Atlanta needs is for BLM to show up and really get the party started.Drunk kids, gay parades,football kick off ,booze and drugs, it just don't get any better than that! Woo Hoo, let the good times roll.....

Amy Young
Amy Young

Atlanta will never learn! History will repeat itself. This will last two years before they decide to stop this madness. Panama City Beach put a stop to all the crazy lewd young drunk people that destroyed their community over Spring Break. After this fiasco I bet Atlanta will do the same AGAIN! So stupid!

Teri Monique
Teri Monique

I was a part of Freaknic 93, 94 & 95 while attending Morris Brown College...You can't duplicate the 90's but as long as these students remain respectful, I say let them have their fun...My 2 kids are now in College and I reminisce a lot about my College days and now they can make their own Collge memories

Clinton Schofield
Clinton Schofield

Your reply is the most logical and mature comment l read on THIS particular post! \U0001f44d

Teri Monique
Teri Monique

Thank you so much!!! We all have done something that our parents would never had approved of...I know this is a Different Generation, I welcome Freaknic vack...as you know many that attended weren't College Students anyway

Teri Monique
Teri Monique

I will be at home, I live off of Memorial Dr in Stone Mountain, I know to stay away, hell, I may go out there my self..Lol...I will keep those students lifted in Prayer, including my 2 they are in Marching Band and I don't even know if their Director of Band will allow them to attend but to all the negative commentators, they are entitled to their opinions

Dana Kling
Dana Kling

Says the 20 year old promoter...

Brina Doc
Brina Doc

I ❤my City ATL! 👠👠💃💃👠👠

Kay Durham
Kay Durham

There will be some people kill there they will bring there guns and maybe they will kill each other

Terry Alberding
Terry Alberding

Jessica Conroy Sheba defiantly wants to come back for this!!!!

Zoe Phenix
Zoe Phenix

What are you promoting that's positive?

Cheryl Echols
Cheryl Echols

Dear Freaknik Promoter, I hope all these people you're inviting will fit in YOUR house! Wrong time in our current environment to further divide and stereotype.

Joey Poss
Joey Poss

What could go wrong with this????

Sheila Shelnutt
Sheila Shelnutt

Blacks eliminating Blacks. They all will be packing AK 47s

Penny Mack
Penny Mack

Whose bright idea was this???\U0001f914\U0001f914\U0001f914

Delivery Jones
Delivery Jones

Idk about this one. It's not the same as years ago. The goons weren't as bold as they are now. Plus, you're going to have two events -- Freaknik and Black Gay Pride -- simultaneously! Tiny streets and packed highways! I definitely won't be in Atlanta Labor Day weekend.

Arturo Moore
Arturo Moore

Can't even drive pass at anymore without catching something smh

Paul Spurling
Paul Spurling

Bring condoms you will need them,I work all of the freaknics as a security officer took hours to get to work and the girls were giving everything when I say everything ,I mean everything to the guys .

Rashida Parrish - Atkinson
Rashida Parrish - Atkinson

\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602 if y'all think "thousands" of people are going to flood THE ATRIUM in 2016 I need you to promptly get a life \U0001f602\U0001f602

Mike Dills
Mike Dills

I hope they have millions of dollars to pay for the damages !

Sheila Shelnutt
Sheila Shelnutt

You know they do. Lol. They are " entitled " and taxpayers get the bill

Fred Little
Fred Little

The nightmare returns. Rapes, beatdowns and general bedlam.

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

It's just simply not going to be allowed. Meet them at the border and head them off at the pass!

Marybeth Morgan
Marybeth Morgan

I don't care who they are. People are acting all racist. So what. Let the young people have their gathering. Just let me know when, so I may avoid the traffic. All enjoy, but be safe. Women in pairs, at least.

Rhenna Neill Tinney
Rhenna Neill Tinney

Why can't there be a party for everyone? Why can't we all come together and enjoy the weekend? Sure can't have a white weekend.

Rhenna Neill Tinney
Rhenna Neill Tinney

They tried to bring it back not too long ago and it was a disaster. Very poorly planned and cost the city tons in clean up, repairs and arrests.

Kimberly Roberts
Kimberly Roberts

I know someone who owns a business in a beach town that has a black biker version of freaknik. Most of the business owners close for the week and leave town because of safety concerns. What a nightmare!

Michael Hall
Michael Hall

When was the last time they had Freaknik in Atlanta? I was there one year when they had it everybody wish they could take a plane and just fly over and drop and spread that Sickle Cell Anemia disease

Sanders Howard
Sanders Howard

With everything going on in the world today this is the most positive thing that someone could come up with?

Heather Lynn Cassidy
Heather Lynn Cassidy

This is gonna be a total disaster and a terrible nightmare. Here comes the riots from the BLM group

Joel Shipp
Joel Shipp

This is gonna be rich; I'll be watching from 60 miles away.

Misty Ruffin-flurry
Misty Ruffin-flurry

Don't even act like spring break in Florida has no mishaps!!! They trash,loot, Rob rape,etc.......down there in Florida also. Lay off my black college students!!! They deserve their own type of spring break!!! This is sad! I went back in the day as well as lived in Atlanta during it . It's a great big ole fun time .just for us!!!!! Lay off dammit. Let those kids experience freak nic!!!! Those other people still got their dam spring break!!!!

Brent VanWie
Brent VanWie

Yeah except more rapes muggings and murders happen in a weekend than in a month other than that just like spring break

Harvey Andrews
Harvey Andrews

Because whites kids act the fool in Florida that gives the right for thugs to come to this city and destroy it then go to Florida and act the fool. And plus once they get here these savages won't leave that's why we have so much crime. If you love it so much invite these thugs to your city. We don't want this garbage here

Tammy Thompson Kimsey
Tammy Thompson Kimsey

Florida shut spring break down for this very reason. The last time Freaknik was here, if you checked everyone for a college I'd you would have expected MAYBE 15% would have had one. Shut the entire city down.

David Loggins
David Loggins

Fla spring break not even close. I live in this city and trust me when I say we don't need the thugs this brings. Color has nothing to do with it. It's the lack of respect for the folks that live here and the traffic from it