Rally to Restore Sanity turns out the crowds and the comedy
They came, they saw, they restored sanity. And fear. And crowds on the mall. And ironic signs. And crazy costumes.
The mobs descended on the mall Saturday for a boisterous tribute to the comedic stylings of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for a quasi-entertainment, quasi-political rally.
The Roots, Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens), Ozzie Osbourne and Kid Rock joined the comedians on stage in front of a crowd of thousands.
Participants battled broken metros and jammed streets to watch Colbert and Stewart ham it up and occasionally rail against the government and the media for shouting too much and doing too little. The crowd used the rally and the proximity to Halloween to dress to the nines in Octopus outfits, vampire garb, storm troopers and just about every other type of , waving signs such as "I'm CALM as heck and I'm not going to take it."
I spent the day covering the rally with a group of other reporters, sending in stories from around the mall. Check out the crowd from the ground level here.
If you didn't nab a seat in one of the trees, it was tough to see the jumbo-tron TV screens, but thankfully, my favorite TV blogger has the whole rally broken down in a live-blogging entry here.
And we've got a photo gallery of the whole wild show here.
Now get out of here and go trick or treating!