Stormtroopers and Teens: Scenes From the Bernie Sanders Rally in Washington Square Park

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Sanders's supporters apparently include a Stormtrooper in a suit. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

On Wednesday morning, the normally busy Washington Square Park was closed. By noon, police had put miles of metal barriers in place and news trucks had begun to arrive. By 2 p.m., dozens of spectators had already lined up at the entrance to the Bernie Sanders rally, where gates weren’t scheduled to open until 5 p.m. The pitched battle for New York between Sanders and Hillary Clinton has manifested itself in events and rallies around the city, and on Wednesday night, a crowd of thousands descended upon the park to hear Sanders speak before the state’s primary on April 19. — Claire Landsbaum

Getting a hug from a guy in a shirt covered with Bernie is almost like getting a hug from Bernie, right? Right. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
An older supporter eyes the stage in Washington Square Park. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
A Sanders supporter stands beneath a sign displaying the Colombian flag. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
Are they Snapchatting? Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
An effigy of Trump lies trampled on the ground. Sad! Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
Supporters look toward the main stage. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
Supporters look toward the main stage. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
A supporter holds a sign referencing Sanders's record. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
Sanders sports a windbreaker as he addresses the crowd. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
Sanders greets supporters. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev
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