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

Sanders's supporters apparently include a Stormtrooper in a suit.

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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