Maryland (BBR) - If you have never partied the Bahamian way, then your life is incomplete. On Monday, April 3rd “The Islands of The Bahamas” invited Black Business Review to be their special guest as they presented “Party in da Backyard” A True Bahamian Experience in their D C office backyard at Oxon Hill Manor in National Harbor in Prince Georges County Maryland.
The evening of festivities began with an invitation-only, mini-trade show to entice travel agents from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) to continue to promote and sell The Islands of The Bahamas.
Hundreds of invited guests including industry partners, members of the media and Bahamians living in the DMV were greeted with an infectious energy that is only manufactured in The Bahamas. Bolstered by the true island flavor, each attendee was empowered to not just participate but be immersed in the energy of the event, starting with the issuing of whistles and Bahamian Flags to aid in the Junkanoo performance that was to come later in the evening.
To add to the events authenticity, Bahamian cuisine from the famous conch fritters, peas and rice, and guava duff were served for all to enjoy. In addition, an amazing colorful Bahamian candy bar featuring Bahamian treats such as benny cakes, peanut bars, coconut creams and Mortimer’s candy was a crowd favorite. These are all staples from the Bahamas.
The festive atmosphere was a twenty on a scale of 1 to 10. Representatives from Sandals, Breezes along with The Bahamas Tourism Office Staff and beautiful Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Models dressed in full carnival regalia posed for pictures with excited invitees while they sipped on Bahama Mamas, Bahamian beers Sands and Kalik and other mixed beverages provided by Courvoisier.
Later, the heat was cranked up a notch. The time to pull out those whistles and dance with Ira Storr and the Spank Band, Geno D, and Juice Unit were Guests showed off their best moves and won prizes in the dance contest. The crowd, so enthralled by the action, ultimately became part of the show. Host, Kendenique Campbell was perfect for the job and along with her gold sequined pants, captivated her audience with a vivacious energy that put the icing on the cake.
The Junkanoo rush-out to climax the evenings' festivities proved to soothe and satisfy every party animal in attendance. The beat of the goat skin drum, the steady clank of the cowbells and the melodic rhythm of the brass horns, was truly infectious.
Gabrielle Archer- Area Manager of The Bahamas Tourist Office, Washington, DC stated that in her estimation, “Party in da Backyard” was a success. “Our goal for this event was two-fold. We wanted to get our guests to see The Bahamas not just for our sun, sand, and sea but also for our diverse culture, music, dance and cuisine. Secondly, we wanted to remind Bahamians living in the DMV how great their home is, and encourage them to be ambassadors and spread the word about The Islands of The Bahamas.”
If this event was the movie trailer, then a trip to the Bahamas is bound to be a blockbuster. Remember, It’s better in the Bahamas…true, true!