The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : International Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 - 5:05:44 PM


Thousands Flock to Bahamas Embassy for Passport DC Embassy Tour
By K. Quincy Parker, Embassy of the Bahamas
May 20, 2011 - 11:03:08 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Headress-PDC-2011-019.jpg
Bahamians and many of Bahamian descent came together in Washington DC as the Embassy of The Bahamas sought to give DC a taste of Bahamian culture. The Embassy recreated the 'Fish Fry' aesthetic on the grounds - a sort of "Party In The Back Yard" - to which 4,600 people flocked over the course of the day on Saturday, May 14. (Photos by K. Quincy Parker)

WASHINGTON, DC – About four thousand six hundred people visited the Embassy of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Washington DC as part of Passport DC’s “Around The World Embassy Tour” on Saturday, May 14, hankering for a taste of Bahamian culture.  

For the third consecutive year, the Embassy took part in the popular event which sees tens of thousands flock to DC to sample the cultures of the countries represented by the Embassies in Washington. And for the third consecutive year, word about the conch fritters and ‘Sky Juice’ offered by the Embassy of The Bahamas filtered through the crowd of travellers, making The Bahamas one of the more popular stops on the circuit.  

Nearly two dozen Bahamians – headed by Bahamas Ambassador to the US Cornelius A Smith and including both Embassy staff and Bahamians and people of Bahamian descent living in the DC Metro area – came together to put on the event, working days in advance to prepare the Embassy grounds to host the event, putting up decorations and adjusting the layout of the grounds to make the visitor experience the best it could be.  

In addition to Bahamas-themed decorations, posters of Junkanoo and other Bahamian scenes were put up around the grounds, providing rich splashes of colour and vibrancy. However, it was the other sort of decoration that proved to be most popular: Junkanoo headpieces. A number of Junkanoo headpieces were placed around the grounds, and it was only a short while before people started trying them on and posing for pictures ( see accompanying photos). The Junkanoo pieces proved to be one of the biggest attractions of The Bahamas experience.  

Conch-PDC-2011-008.jpg
Tasting conch fritters. Photo: K. Quincy Parker

The main attraction, however, was the cuisine. The conch fritters – with a batter prepared by Chef Apple Wells, who will also be catering The Bahamas Independence Celebrations in DC this July – were an immensely popular offering, garnering fulsome praise from tasters. Many people could be seen taking notes on the ingredients, and many a thoughtful expression could be observed on what could only have been slow-chewing home cooks.  

The ‘Sky Juice’ –  that inimitable Bahamian concoction of spirits and coconut water –  was also extremely popular.  

“What is that? That is delicious,” exclaimed one particularly moved patron. His sentiments were echoed many times throughout the course of the day.  

The Embassy also pumped up the volume on the Junkanoo music, which played from the early morning until after the event ended. There were occasional dance lessons, wherein Embassy staff taught visitors how to “rush,” and how to do “the Vola,” among other dance steps.  

Among the many benefits of the event – which included a chance for the volunteers to sample some of Chef Apple’s cuisine! – a major boon was that members of the Bahamian community in DC came together and got to know each other while enthusiastically promoting Bahamian culture.  

Drinks-PDC-2011-021.jpg
Trying Bahamian drinks. Photo: K. Quincy Parker

About Passport DC

Cultural Tourism DC, a DC-based company that aims to boost tourism into the DC Metro area, held the first Embassy Open House – part of “Passport DC” – in 2008. The event was a success, and Cultural Tourism DC decided to make it an annual event. In 2009, the second year of the event’s existence, the Embassy of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas was one of about 30 embassies in Washington DC that opened their doors to the DC Metro community. This year, 35 Embassies participated in the event.

CA-PDC-2011-032.jpg
Bahamas Ambassador to Washington, His Excellency, Cornelius Smith talks with a guest. Photo: K. Quincy Parker



Photo-PDC-2011-052.jpg
Taking photos with Junkanoo headwear Photo: K. Quincy Parker


 

Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2011 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

International
Latest Headlines
The Cove, Eleuthera selected for the 2014 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards
Mrs Bernadette Christie given Surprise Party in Atlanta
OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism Released Report on Jamaica
Baha Mar Dazzles Caribbean Meeting Planners
High Commissioner Bethel Promotes Bahamian Culture in UK
Global Dignity Day extends reach with New Mobile Campaign in 68 countries
Award winning Caribbean journalist Clare Forrester passes
Caribbean Export Supports a Joint Investment Promotions Strategy (JIPS) for Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Bahamas Education Officials in London for CCEM Planning Meetings
London Memorial for First Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Bahamas Consulate General New York Family Fun Day Picnic - Oct 11th
Caribbean Export Supports Start Up Jamaica
Quotable Caribbean: Eric Adams, Earle Bethel, Karolin Troubetzky, and more...
Producer Will Packer, Consul General Rolle, and Bahamas Tourism give Bahamian filmmaker opportunity to “Ride Along” on film set
TCI Receives Final Country Poverty Assessment Report
Caribbean Export Launches the Regional Investor of the Year Award 2014
PAHO urges countries to eliminate mosquito breeding sites to prevent the spread of dengue and chikungunya
Barack Obama's speech on combating ISIS and terrorism
Guy Harvey Adds His Distinctive Touch to Miami Dolphins and Bud Light “Fins Boat” Sweepstakes
Justice Adderley calls on Ambassador Newry in Washington
Washington Embassy guests enjoy "A Night in The Bahamas"
Bahamas Hon. Consul Michael Fountain introduced to the Chicago Community
Amanyara Funded Learning Centre Unveiled At Oseta Jolly Primary
Mr. Franklyn Williams calls on Ambassador Eugene Newry
Turks & Caicos government announces senior appointments
Kazakhstan Envoy calls on Bahamas Ambassador Rahming
Bahamians living in the Toronto, Canada area Meet and Greet Reception
CDF & SLTB Collaborate On Second Showing By Shakespeare’s Globe
OAS Roundtable Discusses Drug Problem in the Americas and the Challenges of Reducing Incarceration
Miami hospital first in world to scan patients with GE’s new Revolution CT System
U.S. military trailing unresponsive aircraft east of Florida
More than 800,000 people worldwide die from suicide each year, according to new WHO report
Panorama Steel Band Competition to Showcase the Rich Musical Heritage of Trinidad and Tobago
InterCaribbean Airways Increases Caribbean Connections
Gibson calls on Bahamas Consul General to New York
TCI Government Convenes National Disaster Committee Meeting
Haiti launches cholera vaccination campaign
Katarvia Taylor calls on the Bahamas Consul General to New York
Saint Lucians & The World Encouraged To ‘Touch The Top Of The Most Iconic Rocks In The Caribbean’
Bahamas' DPM Davis Addresses SIDS Conference‏