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Video of Tuesday night's celebrations in Seattle (all over the world, for that matter) is already up on YouTube and lots of other places. But even though it's a few days late, I just have to post a few of these--some of the best footage of that night's celebrations in Seattle was recorded in my neighborhood, on the block of Broadway between Pike and Pine Streets. Just in case you've seen them before and are over it already, though, I've placed the footage behind an LJ cut, below.

Nine years ago, this block was the site of one of the most violent scenes in the WTO riots. Tuesday night, Capitol Hill residents burst out in a chorus of the National Anthem:




And, before long, it devolved into a dance party:

I think the music's being pumped out of Neighbors, the club in the middle of the block.

How many kinds of awesome is that?

Date: 2008-11-08 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganminstrel.livejournal.com
Have you seen this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pe_aI7bSK4)? :-)

Date: 2008-11-08 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saavedra77.livejournal.com
Now there's something else I never thought I'd live to see. :) It's striking how similarly people reacted in both places, 3,000 miles apart and within minutes of the event: spilling outside, banging on pots & pans, chanting "yes we can," singing the "Star Spangled Banner," etc.

Also, it's great to see Enfield, the library, the bell, again. It's been a long, long time. :)

Date: 2008-11-09 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jmargethe.livejournal.com
thanks for posting these.

many, many kinds of awesome.

i'm homesick, though!!!

Date: 2008-11-09 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saavedra77.livejournal.com
I thought you'd enjoy that glimpse of the old neighborhood--so you can at least vicariously experience what election night here was like.

Was there much of a reaction in Belfast? I gather that he's popular there, as well, but I haven't seen any pictures from that particular corner of the globe, yet ... :)

Date: 2008-11-09 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jmargethe.livejournal.com
No, nothing here, really. We'd called the consulate even, thinking they'd throw a party for the ex-pats - but nope. And nothing happening on the streets. Over the last few days I have been getting congratulations everywhere I go, and people are definitely pleased about it. But they are a pretty cynical bunch here, too. Too many years of repeated disappointment!

I had a victory party last night though, and it was great. There are about a dozen Americans among my friends here, and along with the Irish folks, we had a hell of a party.

Date: 2008-11-09 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saavedra77.livejournal.com
Well, too bad things are so glum in Belfast--but I'm glad that you took matters into your own hands, there. :)

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