Wrapping It Up At Union Square 

[End of march]  
Hooray, we made it! We finally reach Union Square (Broadway and 17th Street). Behind the blue banner, a woman on the platform thanks us and congratulates us for spending our time on this noble effort.  

[Crowd in Union Square]  
Some of the crowd milling around in Union Square afterwards. Most of the marchers dispersed quickly, otherwise the small park would have been overloaded with people.  

[Union Square]  
Street scene in Union Square. The domed gazebo is the entrance to the subway.  

[Gandhi statue]  
Walking around Union Square, I found this bronze statue of Gandhi tucked away in a bed of reeds. I thought it was a particularly fitting end for a nonviolent protest march; peaceful protest was Gandhi's specialty.  

I finally arrived at Union Square around 5:00 p.m., about two hours later than expected. Still more people streamed in behind me, although I was near the end of the procession. The march organizers had constructed a speaker's platform on the street corner, and a woman with a megaphone welcomed us warmly and repeatedly. She congratulated us for making it to the end of the march, and for having fulfilled our goal of making our voices heard in this day's protest. It was actually a little touching, like we were being lauded and congratulated very publicly for accomplishing something significant and meaningful.

After the march, people congregated in Union Square. Some rested on park benches or laid in the grass, others milled around in the walkways talking or just hanging out. The march organizers had asked us to disperse rapidly after the march, since the park was quite small and couldn't accommodate everyone. I read later than many people headed up to Central Park. The organizers had originally wanted to end the march with a rally in Central Park, but the city denied them permission to use the park. The official reason was that the large number of people might damage the lawn, but that seemed to be a rather flimsy excuse. Despite the lack of permission, I read that the people in the park weren't bothered by the police, which was a nice gesture.

I walked around the square a little, snapping a few pictures, then I walked west on 14th Street looking for the subway. At first I couldn't find the entrance for the A-train, and I walked around the block twice before I remembered I had to go all the way over to 8th Avenue.

Heading Back To Baltimore 

New York's Penn Station was full of police, but as before they merely stood around and observed. I had a hot dog and fries at Nathan's in the food court, then awaited my train. The trip back was fast but not very interesting, since it was dark outside for most of the trip. After arriving at Baltimore's Penn Station, I took a cab to my residence, and the day's adventure was over.

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