July is less than a month away, and festival fever is beginning to take hold among the estimated 10, 000 - strong Bangladeshi expatriate community in greater Atlanta.
All hands are on deck for the 32nd FOBANA convention, the upcoming Bangladeshi jamboree to be hosted at the World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.
All told, at least 5, 000 attendees are expected, by conservative estimates. At least a few thousand will come from out of state.
Organizers claim with some justification and a lot of pride that this is the largest gathering of Bangladeshis outside the old country anywhere in the world.