I'll be completely honest that I barely followed the rally and didn't really know much about it. I heard one of my co-workers mention it, but I didn't pay all that much attention. I even got a Facebook event request for going to the event, but ignored it and never knew I got it. After finding out a bunch of people I knew were going, I decided to go ahead and go to the rally. There was no weekend work, so my weekend was available. I decided to head out to Greenbelt, MD DC Metro station around 9am, hoping I'd get to the National Mall just after 10am. Let's just say things didn't go as planned.
First up, that was the line to get into the New Carrollton, MD DC metro train station. It was definitely long. I was going to take Greenbelt station in (due to being closer to I-95), but its line was beyond ridiculous stretching all over the parking lot. Since New Carrollton, MD was down a ways and mostly close to U.S. 50 (which doesn't get that much traffic from what I've seen), I took that instead. Line was way shorter and parking was only $4 all day. I got to the rail station just before 10am. I didn't get on the train until 10:45am or so.
The line going to the National Mall (at the Smithsonian DC Metro station) was crazy as shown by the picture above. I got to the National Mall just after 11:45am (rally officially started at noon). Let's just say there were LOTS of people there.
The rally started at noon and we heard the music, which was pretty cool. Eventually came the National Anthem. It sucked because I BADLY had to use the bathroom, so I had to wait in a long line at the port a john (eww). Many of the signs I saw people had were interesting. Some people were liberal, some seemed a little conservative, while some most just seemed to hate any of the political parties. I had the chance to slightly hear Colbert speak. It sucked because due to standing far away (around 7th street), you could barely hear them talk and there wasn't many video screens up. Regardless, even if I couldn't see a lot or hear much, I just wanted the opportunity to be there at the rally. I didn't make a sign since I rather keep my political views/opinions quiet in public. But it was fun being there and came across many interesting people (from all over the U.S. or various races and stuff). Unfortunately, I ended up leaving a bit early because it was hard to see what was going on, and I didn't want to get stuck in the massive rush taking the DC Metro back home. I always wanted to be at the National Mall for a rally and I finally got my chance (since I'm not that far from there unlike most).
That was the escalator of me heading down leaving. It's crazy because there seemed to be more coming than going, and there was less than an hour of the rally left. I guess some just got stuck in a really long line.
Driving home was a nightmare. Traffic wasn't horrible (a little slow), just that I a wrong turn to I-495, then missed my turn again and was on U.S. 50 heading towards Bowie, MD. Eventually I got back to where I wanted to go, but the BW Parkway had a traffic jam, so I drove onto U.S. 1 (figuring I could at least get KFC). The KFC I stopped in around Beltsville, MD didn't sell popcorn chicken anymore (WTF), so I left and drove back home closer to another KFC (which had it thankfully). I switched onto so many highways driving home it was insane.
Overall, it was interesting being at the rally. I rather just leave all opinions to myself, but wanted to share the pictures. I mostly went for entertainment and friends going.
I did make a few videos, but dunno whether I'll get around to uploading them.