Read my recap, watch a video, & view the rest of the pictures I’ve obtained after the fold…
Overall, I had a really good time. Prior to the march I was unsure of how the march would go and if I’d think it would be any fun at all. I am happy to say that I had a great time. It’s really sad that the tragedy at Virginia Tech overshadowed the entire march.
Prior to the start of the march I was interviewed by Tom Sherwood of NB4. I don’t think I did a very good job framing my message, but I’m glad to finally have met him (he called me last week about the march). Alas, they didn’t include the interview in the 6pm news. Oh well. The 11pm news didn’t even mention the march because of the tragedy coverage.
After the speeches and as the march started, we unfurled the largest DC flag (made of hemp no less)- it was quite a photo op. I had Alex Wong from the Washington Post taking photos over my shoulder, alongside two photographers from the AP, both took down my name. I have yet to see these pictures yet.
The march itself was quite fun- about 15 of us marched down Pennsylvania Ave hold the flag. Raising it up in the air every so often. I even threw my tricorn hat into the center of the flag and we all bounced it around. I think everyone had fun :) It was also the fastest march I’ve ever taken part in. Since it was cold, wet, and windy, I understand why it was so rushed.
Instead of marching directly to the rally we, the flag bearers, decided to continue marching on towards the grassy area in front of the Capitol. We were followed by a photographer from UPI, and eventually someone from the Washington Times, the AP, Roll Call and the Examiner showed up to document our little march to capitol.
I have to say it rocked. About about 17 of us held up the flag in front of the capitol for a good 30 minutes. The best photo op of the day! We tried to approach the steps of the capitol but the capitol police weren’t having any of it. Moreover, some of the random folks who had joined in as flag bearers were not interested in getting arrested, so we decided to hang out on the grassy area in front of the Capitol, and eventually folded up the flag and made out separate ways. But not after using the strong winds to our advantage!
Chris Otten spliced together this footage of the march:
Below are the collection of pictures I have found so far: