The march was almost as much of a parade as it was a protest. As such, although everyone was serious about the point being made, it had a pleasant balance of anger and creative expressive fun. I was slightly surprised that the majority of protesters seemed to be Caucasian baby boomers who seemed to stick well to their stated mission of expressing anti-GOP policies rather than pro-Obama sentiment. One of the biggest highlights for me was the participation of local Hmong and Somali immigrant groups representing the changing demographics of the Twin Cities. And I was especially amused at the piles of unused pro-war/anti-protester posters lying fallow on corners throughout our protest route.
As high as security seemed to be that day and in the days leading up to the convention, it was amusing to see that during McCain's acceptance speech a few protesters managed to find their way in. I still resent the convention taking place in my hometown, but the sense of camaraderie that I felt with my fellow Minnesotans as we tried to show the world that we didn’t want what the RNC is offering made me feel proud.
— Sharla Phernetton, Campaign guest blogger