Went to the party today. Excellent group there. By my estimation, somewhere north of 2,000 people showed up. Families with children, older folks, young professionals, even a happy little porker. Didn’t see any counter-protesters as such, though there were a few in the crowd who seemed uncomfortable to be there (and didn’t really join in with the cheering of the folks around them).
I’ll get some pictures up later, when my camera and download cable get back together for some data transfer.
KSFY has the first local piece: Hundreds Gather to Protest Spending
The AP speaks: Symbolic tea boxes dumped in Sioux Falls rally
Argus Leader has a first look: Thousands turn out for Sioux Falls tax-day protest
KELO goes large: Large Crowd Gathers for SF Tax Day Tea Party
To those who have let me know that my estimate of 2k or so attendees was well under what some others are reporting (3.5k by the SF police department, 3-4k by the Argus Leader, etc) I have only this to say: What did you expect? I’m a conservative.
Modern revolutionary (one of those who tossed the tea into the lake).
A little one for whom the effort was simply too taxing.
A few of the crowd.
Those who were looking for handouts (mostly hot dog bun crumbs).
The speaker’s platform (with a few blasts from the distant past).
Selfishly interested in cutting the pork.
A budding non-socialist.
An appeal to brotherhood.