No sooner had I left the Federal Center Metro Station then I made my way over to the corner of Independence Avenue and 4th Street where, as it turned out, many of the event's principle speakers had gathered to address the crowd within easy earshot of the Capitol. Speakers I heard included Gloria Steinem, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. I'm told Madonna also addressed the crowd and let loose a few f-bombs in the process. But strangely, I don't remember her speech, maybe because I was so busy helping people take photographs using their cameras while at the same time perched atop about five feet of steel plates that had been stacked in the intersection and evidently left there after the Inauguration. Also, the plates were a little precariously balanced so that I spent a lot of time just trying to stay upright and not fall into the crowd that was now beginning to gather.
Very soon after I arrived, people began spilling down that part of Independence Avenue shown below behind the stage. Eventually, there wasn't a square foot of open pavement left. Emergency vehicles, as I'll soon show you, had to be escorted through the crowd by police.