The Tea Party Express tour is reaching its finale, with a rally planned in Washington, D.C. Thursday, timed to coincide with the federal tax-filing deadline.
Wednesday, Tea Partiers gathered in a place steeped in tradition -- Boston, site of the Tea Party of 1773. That's when American colonists upset about British taxation without government representation threw British tea into the harbor in protest.
The star attraction at Wednesday's rally was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Addressing the crowd of roughly 5,000, Palin said President Barack Obama must be rebuffed in his fall's midterm elections after overreaching with his stimulus law and health care overhaul.
Small groups of counterprotesters urged civility, as well as respect for gay and minority rights.
Several Tea Parties are planned for eastern Carolina Thursday: Havelock, Westbrook Shopping center, 4:00 p.m. Elizabeth City, South Water Street, 5:30 p.m. Wilson, TBD. New Bern across from courthouse, 4:30 p.m. Morehead City, KMart Plaza, 5:00 p.m. Tarboro, Town Commons, late afternoon, Goldsboro, Goldsboro Commons, 12:00 p.m.