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Funk the Weekend

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Marching out to join the main group.  Marching out to join the main group.

Marching out to join the main group.

Marching out to join the main group.  Marching out to join the main group.

Marching out to join the main group.  Marching out to join the main group.


Show of support from a bystander outside the Museum of American History.

Show of support from a bystander outside the Museum of American History.


 

 



Arriving on Madison Drive NW, were in with the main group.  This is where I got the surprise of the day.  I had no idea going in that this was going to be a large, national march.  The National Mall was packed with people of all different ages, colors, and nationalities, and the mood was very upbeat.  This was a happy crowd, demonstrating in favor of immigration reform.  I’ve said in the past that “pro” marches are often more fun than “anti” marches, and this was no exception.  Everyone was just in a really good mood, and it showed.

I will confess – I didn’t do much research on this march ahead of time.  I spent more effort staying on top of the two anti-war marches than I did with the March for America.  Thus I had assumed that this was going to be a smaller, locally-oriented event.  You know what happens when you assume, and this was no exception.  I was totally blown away by the size of this march, and felt a bit overwhelmed at first.


Joining the main march group on Madison Drive NW.  Joining the main march group on Madison Drive NW.

Joining the main march group on Madison Drive NW.

Joining the main march group on Madison Drive NW.  Joining the main march group on Madison Drive NW.

Joining the main march group on Madison Drive NW.  Joining the main march group on Madison Drive NW.


Marching on Madison Drive NW.


“Blacks, Latinos, Arabs, Asians, and whites!  No racist war, no more, no more, defend our civil rights!”


Our group eventually set up station on Madison Drive NW in front of the Natural History Museum.  As nothing was really moving at the time, we ended up having a mobile dance party, only pausing to clear the way for vehicles and police horses.


Crowds of people on the steps of the Natural History Museum.

Crowds of people on the steps of the Natural History Museum.


Dance party!

Dance party!

Dance party!



 



Bystanders watching from the sidelines, in this case, a ledge on the Natural History Museum.

Bystanders watching from the sidelines, in this case, a ledge on the Natural History Museum.


Some people posed with our banner.

Some people posed with our banner.


Rachel poses for a photo with another demonstrator.

Rachel poses for a photo with another demonstrator.



Plenty of photographers took pictures of our mobile dance party.  Plenty of photographers took pictures of our mobile dance party.

Plenty of photographers took pictures of our mobile dance party.

Plenty of photographers took pictures of our mobile dance party.  Plenty of photographers took pictures of our mobile dance party.


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