I have so much stuff that it would be a tremendously long post to put it all in, so I split this into two posts. Also, to save some bandwidth and make sure you don’t need an sundial to determine page load time, I placed most of the signage photos here as part of my Facebook page.
This part will mainly be crowd shots (just for disbelievers like a certain left-leaning local blogger – he knows who he is because he just LOVES to refer to our group as “teabaggers”) and the second part, probably tomorrow, will be other shots I enjoyed. It’s 9 photos tonight and 15 tomorrow if my count is correct.
I’m going to do this in chronological order and don’t forget to hold your mouse over the photo for additional captions if you run IE8. (Firefox has a way of doing it but not everyone takes advantage.) By the way, you may use these photos IF you give credit to me and my website. Not much to ask is it?
The first picture of our busload was taken about 9:20 on the road between Easton and Queenstown.
We were told the march had started about 9:30 – 2 hours before schedule – because Freedom Plaza couldn’t hold the people who were massing there. So our group went to the Capitol.
I walked around for the better part of the early afternoon. This shot is taken from the west end of the reflecting pool looking toward the Capitol, about 12:20.
Eventually I settled on that platform you see in the last picture, atop the steps. I had an old friend from Ohio who supposedly was there but by the time I got back there from the bathroom lines I found out he and his wife were themselves waiting in them. Alas, we never did get together because they left a little early. Anyhow, the next two pictures were taken between 1:30 and 1:45.
I was curious to see what was going on around the Mall so I walked that way after a little while. I ended up at this spot at its northern end where the contingent from my native state had staked a claim. It was about 2:30 by this time.
Returning to my spot, I watched from there awhile then decided to get closer as the event was wrapping up. The next two shots were taken after 3:30, with the gathering slated to end at 4:00 – so the crowd was a little thinner.
If you wonder about where all those signs went after this ended, here’s a clue. I don’t know if small fenced-in areas were provided specifically for this purpose, but they proved quite useful in gathering large-sized trash.
I actually picked up one I found quite humorous for future use. I’ll have to add it to my post tomorrow because of all the pictures I took I didn’t take one of that sign! Tomorrow’s post will focus on some of the speakers and protestors.
6 thoughts on “D.C. 9-12 rally in pictures and text (part 1: the crowd)”
Great photos & account.
Michael, I am going to use one of your photos. Looks like lots of people. Great to see people voicing their opinion. Is that last picture recycling or rubbish?
I presume most of it would be recycled. I just thought it was good that collection points were created, and one thing about the rally was the lack of trash strewn everywhere. People cleaned up after themselves as best they could since garbage cans were overflowing.
Hi, thanks for posting your pictures… in one of them you captured my yellow, 28-foot long “Silent No More” sign that I flew out from California with, for the rally.
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