Last Saturday, St. Patrick's Day, was a busy affair in downtown Madison. Thanks in part to the warmer weather, State Street was teeming with people through most of the day.
The crowds were also particularly thick due to a confluence of three events held early in the afternoon; the parade around Capitol Square, the WIAA boys basketball tournament at the Kohl Center, and a series of rallies and marches against the Iraq War marking the fourth anniversary of its beginning.
This latter event, beginning at the UW Library Mall, was well-documented on video, as participants and observers documented the 500 or so protestors as they marched to rally at the Kohl Center against military recruiting in high schools.
One brief video clip from protest follows below, along with several other extended looks at the event.
This video showed a brief portion of a performance by the Madtown Liberty Players, a local political street theater troupe. Titled "Flushed Away!," the entirety of their performance can be viewed in a video published by the Players themselves. More information about production addressing "George W. Bush, The Iraq War and Your Tax Dollars" is available in this rough script.
"Uncle Jimbo" (a.k.a. Jim Hanson, a sales representative at Isthmus) attended the rally and march, and shot two videos of the rally at Library Mall (here) and the march down Lake Street to the WIAA tournament at the Kohl Center (here).
Also available for viewing are two more video clips documenting the street theater performance (here) and the march to the Kohl Center (here). Finally, there is this four-and-a-half minute video montage from the rally and march, set to Bob Dylan's "Masters of War."
The next major public demonstration planned in Madison is a March for Immigrant Rights, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 24 at 2 p.m. Organized by a coalition of labor and immigrant organizations and led by UNITE HERE president Bruce Raynor and actor Danny Glover, the event will feature a march from Brittingham Park to a rally the Capitol in opposition to the implementation of the REAL ID Act in Wisconsin, known as Act 126.