Hundreds flocked to the annual New Year’s Eve and birthday celebration at the upscale residence of prominent Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss last Sunday night, making that spot a continued favourite for many.
The Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development said he was satisfied with this year’s turnout, adding that he was happy that for a small fee Barbadians had taken advantage of the opportunity to “have nice food, party, and shrug off the old year and welcome the New Year.
The all-inclusive $50 event, which is in its 12th year, usually attracts anywhere between 300 and 500 people.
“We don’t believe that we have to be spending $200 or $300 per person as I see some . . . are doing in hosting events for the night. I believe you can have an inexpensive and nice house party and that is what we always try to provide here,” Inniss told Bajan Vibes.
When the clock struck midnight there were no fireworks. However, the 52-year-old outspoken politician was joined by his eldest son Kyle as he rang in his January 1 birthday and said goodbye to a “challenging” 2017.
Throughout the night patrons were treated to a sumptuous meal and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as they danced the night away to a range of local, regional and international tunes.
There were mixed reviews from some regular patrons, with some of them saying the annual event was “on par” with previous years while others estimated a bigger crowd.