The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act for a variety of reasons, especially because they believed that it violated their constitutional right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain. He apparently did not expect that the protesters would choose to destroy the tea rather than concede the authority of a legislature in which they were not directly represented.
On April 15 hundreds of cities around the country held Tea Parties. I was able to attend the one on the Capital lawn in Phoenix. There were over 6000 people in attendance on a chilly night, unfortunately the sound system wasn't adequate to the job of allowing everyone in the crowd to hear. The news helicopter overhead didn't help either. That said, what I could hear was very motivating.
I got a couple of good clips, warning, I was in the back of the crowd for the 1st one, so I am not really that bad of a photographer, I just didn't have a good vantage point.
Shouts of U.S.A. broke out spontaneously
These are pictures of the crowd from my vantage point in the back. Some of the signs were very creative.
There were some big name speakers like JD Hayworth, and Tom Jenny founder of Americans For Prosperity as well as a number of members of the State Senate and Congressmen. I couldn't hear a lot of the speeches up until the end.
This was the final speaker, I was closer, but still not able to see the stage.