When I got to the Metro station at 7:30 I was surprised by a sea of pink. The line went on forever.
Bravo Ravelry. You got your point across but good. I really like the hats that had the tags on them from people who had donated them.
Even the mayor of DC had one on. This is a photo she tweeted after her speech.
I have never seen such a crowd in the Metro. Everyone was singing and chanting. It was awesome.
I had no idea where to go so I wandered around and found a corner to stand on. I didn't realize I was in the C-SPAN compound. I looked over and noticed I was standing next to Jesse Jackson. That's him in the blue hat. Golly. Van Jones from CNN was also standing there. I beat it out of that area fast. I wanted to watch the proceedings not be a part of them.
I wandered again until I found a nice safe spot.
I found a tree to lean on right in the thick of it. There were four hours of speeches and music. My feet were killing me and we hadn't even marched yet.
When it was time to march, Madonna fired up the crowd with Respect Yourself but there was no place to go. It was people gridlock. A girl right in front of me passed out and the only way I escaped the crowd was to follow the path made by the para-medics. There were five women doctors in the crowd that came to her aid. She was fine. Just overwhelmed in the crush of humanity.
Speaking of being crushed, the DC police were amazing today. They were kind, patient and at times hilarious. They seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Again not my photo, I found it on Twitter but I saw lots of this behavior from the cops on the cars.
I met people from all over the country. I am not much of a talker but I found myself chatting it up with all kinds of folks.
Everyone wanted to know why you were there.
I was there for so many reasons-but kindness reallyiseverything.