With 40 minutes to go before officially allowing parade route entry, this is what the crowd looks like at 7th and D Streets NW.
6:50 am – Breaking out into occasional chants of “O-B-A-M-A” and “open the gate”, with 10 minutes to go to 7 am, 7th Street NW is fully packed past E Street NW with people streaming in from the Gallery Place Metro. Those waiting in the crowd have all been amazed at the number of people in line. Check after the break for the street level photos.
7:23 am - Gates are not open yet. Crowd is still growing.
8:49 am - Crowd size now stable but large. Still no movement into the parade route area.
9:26 am – 7th and D crowd now moving slowly; lots of foot traffic on 6th Street. People are gaining access to parade route. We’re closing this post out for now.
Street level view at the 7th and D Street NW entry gate
7th Street view from E Street NW towards D Street NW entry gate