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This Is What Democracy Looks Like


A couple of weeks ago, my wife mentioned a women’s march on Boston Common scheduled for the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. She said that women were knitting pink hats to wear as a sign of solidarity. (She did not use the term “pussy hat”.) Both the event and the chance to knit attracted my wife. “Do you want to come with me?” she asked.

“Sure”

Over the past week, she checked the event’s website daily. First 10,000 people had signed up, then 25,000. By yesterday, 70,000 people had signed up. We arrived at the event an hour before it was to begin. We were fairly close to the front. The crowd began to fill in and we stationed ourselves not too far away from the jumbotron. When the event was originally planned, the organizers thought that 25,000 people might show up and planned as such. As it was an unseasonably warm day, it has been estimated that 125,000 people came to march.

That is a problem. That part of the Boston Common is bounded by a tall, spiked, wrought-iron fence. Once the speeches were done, it took us well over an hour to make our way to the park exit to begin marching the relatively short route in equally clogged streets. But it was all okay. People sang; people chanted; people talked and joked with total strangers. On the ride home, I played the BBC News Hour and we listened to reports from rallies in Washington, DC and all over the world. My wife and I arrived home tired but happy we went.

It was also a strange march. While it was mostly about women’s issues, with lots of references to parts of the female anatomy on signs and shirts, there were also signs about LBGTQIA issues, racial issues, environmental issues and the current U.S. President in general. We are a divided country and today was the losing party’s opportunity to let off some steam. It was really the first chance to do so since election night in November. Will it make a difference? In and of itself, no; but if people take this energy and use it to organize, then perhaps.

Lowell Folk Festival – Opening Procession

It is time again for the Lowell Folk Festival. These images are from the opening procession on Friday night, led by the Aqua String Band, followed by groups representing various ethnic communities in the city.

First Night – The Grand Procession


Boston’s First Night celebration includes a Grand Procession from the events at Copley Square, through the streets and ends at the Boston Common for a fireworks celebration. Enjoy and Happy 2016!

The Festival Begins

A parade led by the Original Pinettes Brass Band begins this year’s Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts. (Lowell is about 30 minutes north of Boston.)

Honk Parade!

A few weeks ago, we cycled into Harvard Square in Cambridge Massachusetts for the Honk Parade and Festival. It is a festival of activist street bands. I did not include the many protest signs (they are prety commonplace in Harvard Sq.) but everything and anything was represented. These are some of the more memorable sights.

Puerto Rican Festival Parade

At our monthly photo shoot last Sunday, we stopped at the Puerto Rican Festival in Boston, MA as the parade was coming down the street. Here are a few images.

After the Parade

Puerto Rican Festival - Girl in Truck

I really like this shot. I was photographing a parade and was standing at the very end. The police were waving this truck full of musicians through to the parking area. I thought popping around to the back of it as it passed would be a good shot. When I did, the musicians had stopped playing and the shot was very dark due to long shadows. It wasn’t until I brightened up the shadows in the post processing that I saw this lovely looking girl.