Monday July 21, 2014
Bir-ming-ham, D-N-C, We’ll see you in 2016!
Imagine walking into a crowd of cheery people, chanting, screaming and waving flags. This was the scene as the Democratic National Convention Delegates pulled up to Iron City Birmingham in, of course, all black SUV’s. You better believe that if I had anything to do with it, Birmingham was going to look like the livest city ever!
I met up with some good friends of mine in Atlanta on Sunday, before we headed back to Birmingham to attend the city’s Democratic National Convention 2016: “Pitch Party.”
In an attempt to show off the city, I took my friend Adrienne to Rouge Tavern on 2nd Avenue for dinner before the party. It was my first time being there as well, but the space definitely reminded us of a place we went while attending Howard. The food and atmosphere is great. Not to mention, there is a running group that meets there every Monday to run to Highland Park and back.
When we arrived at Iron City there was already a line formed outside for people without tickets. We didn’t have tickets, but managed to find a women who had several extra as we were waiting in line. #Favored
We entered to find Homer Logan of Just a Few Cats twisting and jumping all over stage to some funky renditions of classic oldies. The top two levels were packed, but we found the dance floor was practically empty. After chatting with a few familiar faces, including fashionista Erin Hill of BoutiqueMel, we headed for the dance floor. We began electric sliding and before we knew it the band, Just a Few Cats, was giving us a spicy version of the electric slide. Being the partiers that we are, we began pulling ladies and gents to the dance floor from the surrounding wall. Before we knew it, we were “going in” (see colloquialism definition below) dancing to Logan’s Beyonce medley.
Not too long after, a young lady asked my friend and I to go help welcome the DNC delegates outside. We headed out there, but not before we took a picture of City Council President, Jonathan F. Austin, holding our signs.
Digression Alert: Having just moved back, I had absolutely no idea who he was. President Austin was so humble and down to earth. When I told him I was an event blogger proceeded to give me his card. I quickly threw it in my purse, thinking I would use it to tag him on Facebook later on. It was until I saw him on stage an hour later that I found out who he was. I also had a similar experience with Councilwoman Valerie Abbot. The idea of tangible leadership is such a refreshing change from New York politics. I’ve definitely been motivated to get involved, but I digress.
Once outside, we found some size small t-shirts and a diverse crowd of great people.
Unfortunately, my camera died before the delegates got there, so I was reduced to camera phone pictures. No matter, the rest of the evening was like a pep rally for the city of Birmingham. We sung “Sweet Home Alabama” in unison, and I don’t think it gets more real than that. Many state and city leaders made appearances. Mayor William Bell, did not disappoint with a speech boasting his confidence in Birmingham’s ability to take on the challenge. His big speech was followed by an outpour (it was actually more like a trickle) of red, white and blue balloons. Somehow, there was also a flurry of miniature blue and white Pepsi-Cola beach balls??! The balloons were great in the moment, but there did ensue 4 or 5 minutes of popping them as the stage transitioned for the Black Jacket Symphony. Next time, I would definietly suggest going with confetti.
All in all, this event was great fun. I feel tremendous hope for the City of Birmingham. I know that I came to just the right place at just the right time. #fingerscrossedforbham
There are currently six cities, including Birmingham, bidding to become the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The other cities are Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and New York.
Birmingham was the first stop for DNC Delegates.
Do you think Birmingham has a chance? Leave a comment and let me know!
Happy Pitching Birmingham!