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Then once the speeches were done, the march lined up on Constitution Avenue.  The folks leading the march carried a strip of caution tape (that’s right, not a large banner, but caution tape) across the front, and were telling people to stay behind the tape and off of the sidewalks.  Time would tell on how many people would heed that request.  I know that I, for one, ignored them.

The march route took demonstrators west on Constitution Avenue as far as 17th Street NW, then turned north and headed up 17th as far as Pennsylvania Avenue.  There, the march went past the White House, turned south on 15th Street NW, and then returned to the original rally site.

Over the course of the march, I managed to make my way around this march group to see what I could see.  I wanted to get signs, costumes, outfits, and as much message as I could.  I was at the front of the march, near the end of the march, hanging from lampposts to get overhead views, and in the middle of the march in so many different places.  I was in front of the caution tape.  I was behind the caution tape.  I went under the caution tape (and got yelled at for that by a lady holding the tape, but who cares?).  Bottom line is that I got photos, and lots of them.


The march is lined up and ready to go!

The march is lined up and ready to go!

The march is lined up and ready to go!

The march is lined up and ready to go!


This street puppet, of the Statue of Liberty, was one of the most memorable sights in this demonstration. I'm sure that it takes an insane amount of work to make a large street puppet like this, but they certainly do make an impact.

This street puppet, of the Statue of Liberty, was one of the most memorable sights in this demonstration.  I’m sure that it takes an insane amount of work to make a large street puppet like this, but they certainly do make an impact.


  


This car was the last word in anti-fracking messaging. The words "SAVE THE DELAWARE" and "WHAT THE FRACK" were printed on the sides of the car, the rear window had an anti-fracking message and a phone number, the side windows had messages on them, the canoe on the roof was painted with even more anti-fracking messaging, and various signs from the rally were attached to the vehicle as well.

This car was the last word in anti-fracking messaging.  The words “SAVE THE DELAWARE” and “WHAT THE FRACK” were printed on the sides of the car, the rear window had an anti-fracking message and a phone number, the side windows had messages on them, the canoe on the roof was painted with even more anti-fracking messaging, and various signs from the rally were attached to the vehicle as well.


The march has begun, with the caution tape leading the way.

The march has begun, with the caution tape leading the way.

The march has begun, with the caution tape leading the way.


  

  


One person was wearing a Lorax walkaround costume (as the Lorax speaks for the trees), and was posing for photos with various people, and giving hugs.  One person was wearing a Lorax walkaround costume (as the Lorax speaks for the trees), and was posing for photos with various people, and giving hugs.

One person was wearing a Lorax walkaround costume (as the Lorax speaks for the trees), and was posing for photos with various people, and giving hugs.


  

  


One person dressed up as Santa Claus, which, despite its being February, fit the theme perfectly. After all, if Santa Claus came to an environmental rally, he would take a strong stand on snow, wouldn't he? I especially loved the "COAL IS NAUGHTY" sign. Coal is not exactly a clean fuel, after all.  One person dressed up as Santa Claus, which, despite its being February, fit the theme perfectly. After all, if Santa Claus came to an environmental rally, he would take a strong stand on snow, wouldn't he? I especially loved the "COAL IS NAUGHTY" sign. Coal is not exactly a clean fuel, after all.

One person dressed up as Santa Claus, which, despite its being February, fit the theme perfectly.  After all, if Santa Claus came to an environmental rally, he would take a strong stand on snow, wouldn’t he?  I especially loved the “COAL IS NAUGHTY” sign.  Coal is not exactly a clean fuel, after all.


  


A view of the crowd traveling south on 15th Street, from a stair at the southeast corner of the Treasury Building.  A view of the crowd traveling south on 15th Street, from a stair at the southeast corner of the Treasury Building.

A view of the crowd traveling south on 15th Street, from a stair at the southeast corner of the Treasury Building.

A view of the crowd traveling south on 15th Street, from a stair at the southeast corner of the Treasury Building.  A view of the crowd traveling south on 15th Street, from a stair at the southeast corner of the Treasury Building.


  

  

  


Two sides of a highway worker's "SLOW/STOP" sign.  Two sides of a highway worker's "SLOW/STOP" sign.

Two sides of a highway worker’s “SLOW/STOP” sign.


  


Sign of the times: a woman uses an Apple iPad to take photos of the march.

Sign of the times: a woman uses an Apple iPad to take photos of the march.



At the end of the march, people were being herded back into the original march site, with the caution tape people using their tape to send people a certain way.  Note to self: bring scissors next time to address the caution tape directly.  Those folks holding the caution tape needed to have some wind taken out of their sails.  Cutting the tape would have gone a long way towards that.


The sun was behind the Washington Monument by the time we returned to the rally site.

The sun was behind the Washington Monument by the time we returned to the rally site.


Soon after arriving back at the rally site, many of the participants hit the portable toilets.

Soon after arriving back at the rally site, many of the participants hit the portable toilets.


  

  


And last but not least, the Statue of Liberty street puppet arrives.  And last but not least, the Statue of Liberty street puppet arrives.

And last but not least, the Statue of Liberty street puppet arrives.


From there, the demonstration was more or less over.  I think there were a few more things planned back at the rally site, but I was in no mood to see it.  I had taken so many photos of so many people by this point that I was trying to figure out if I had missed anyone interesting.  After a quick assessment of the situation, I decided that I had seen it, and so I headed out, going north on 15th Street.  I stopped in at the Hotel Washington for a warmth break on my way out.  The idea there was to warm up and decompress for a little bit before heading out.


Turns out that I wasn't the only one who had that idea. But it was a good thing to do. Everyone needs that kind of time sometimes.

Turns out that I wasn’t the only one who had that idea.  But it was a good thing to do.  Everyone needs that kind of time sometimes.


And that was it!  This was not a bad event by any means, and it was great to see so much energy and passion about climate issues.  After all, if, through human activity, we make this planet uninhabitable, as one person said, there is no “planet B”.  So it is imperative that we take care of our planet as much as we can, because it’s the only one that we have.

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