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DNC welcomes media to Philly with party

Every day rolling out will be bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at the Democratic National Convention. While the convention officially begins Monday, activities are already underway. Bringing us highlights from last night’s media party is Berlinda Garnett of Philadelphia’s Fox-29.

Photos by Berlinda Garnett.

Photo by Berlinda Garnett for Steed Media Service

There’s a great energy in the City of Brotherly Love right now. The DNC officially kicks off tomorrow, but the fun has already begun.

Last night, a party was held at Citizens Bank Park for members of the media, and a horde of people were there.

I met fellow journalists from North Carolina, New York and several other cities. They were from ABC and NBC, and, of course, my station, Fox-29 was in the house. I hung out with “Good Day Weekend” co-anchor, Bill Anderson. Also in attendance was one of our weather anchors, Scott Williams; and reporters/anchors, Chris O’Connell, Dave Kitchen.

Berlinda Garnett and Good Day Weekend Co-Anchor, Bill Anderson (Photos by Berlinda Garnett)

Berlinda Garnett and “Good Day Weekend” co-anchor, Bill Anderson (Photo by Berlinda Garnett for Steed Media Service)

It was also nice seeing fellow journalists from CBS local — PABJ president, Cherri Gregg.

Also on hand — Mayor Jim Kenney, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and a host of others.

The party was awesome! Media members were welcomed into the event by the Phillie Phanatic, several Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders, local university mascots and a brass band that was playing their hearts out. While walking in we were also able to see flags representing our individual states. I stood in front of the Georgia flag as I was thinking of my relatives in the South.

Later, we were treated to a performance by “Brotherly Love,” who also kicked off the night singing a moving rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

And did I mention the food?

Guests feasted on everything from cheesesteaks to cookies, crab fries, hot dogs, brisket, water ice, steak tartare, cake, chicken, hoagies, vegan specialties, plus beer and wine and plenty of water for a hot day.

I think the DNC and Philadelphia did a great job of making everyone feel welcomed.

–berlinda garnett