When the Washington Nationals brought the first World Series games to DC in 86 years this October, Events DC made sure that fans across the region had a place to come together and share the excitement of watching their team #FINISHTHEFIGHT during the entire weekend homestand of games 3-5 at Nationals Park.
In partnership with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Capital Riverfront BID, and Yards Park, Southeast DC was transformed into World Series central by hosting three bustling game watch parties for fans as the Nationals took on the Houston Astros in DC.
“Watch Party Weekend” kicked off on Friday with a celebratory pep rally featuring the Eastern Senior High School marching band, live music on the boardwalk stage, lawn games, face painting, food, drink, and giveaways – followed by a viewing of Game three on a giant 18’ LED screen.
Fans had a blast dancing with “Baby Shark” – the phenomenon that became the Nationals’ unofficial playoff rally cry – as well as signing a life-sized birthday card to Nationals star Juan Soto who celebrated his 21st birthday during the Series.
— Events DC (@TheEventsDC) October 25, 2019
DC, Thank you for making these past few weeks so special! From coming out to sign Soto’s Bday card to throwing it back with us to some old school DJ Kool — We are so unbelievably grateful for you. Cheers to more festivities to come! #WorldSeries 📸: https://t.co/3YUESC42S4 pic.twitter.com/X0mpSgdPE6 — Events DC (@TheEventsDC) October 31, 2019
Saturday’s events featured a surprise pop-up concert by DC’s own Legendary DJ Kool, who riled up the crowd with classic jams including “Let Me Clear My Throat” ahead of Game 4.
While the Nationals weren’t able to win in front of their home crowd over the weekend, they returned to Houston to #FINISHTHEFIGHT, winning games 6 and 7 in thrilling fashion and bringing the first World Series title in franchise history to DC. On Saturday November 2, downtown DC was the scene of a raucous parade for tens of thousands of Nationals fans as they congregated around the National Mall to celebrate the historic win.