Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY-
My idea of a perfect Sunday is going to the lake with a 10 pound bag of crawfish (I’m from New Orleans, don’t judge) equipped with snowballs, blankets, friends and an occasional brew here & there.
On this Sunday in particular, I didn’t get to indulge in my normal Sunday activities. Instead, I got the chance to not only experience but also be apart of the Brooklyn aura. New York natives know the aura I’m talking about. I mean chilling out in the park with a cup of Italian Ice in hand with people that have the same interest as me and enjoying the amazing weather.
Owners walked freely about with their dogs and families frolicked in the grass with their kids and friends. Now I know you may think that today was just an average day in Prospect, but no. Today was special.
Special because it’s not everyday a presidential candidate can bring together all different kinds of people from all walks of life to come and participate in their rally. It’s almost as if all conservatives got a memo saying that they weren’t invited because this crowd of people were full of laid back positive vibes. A few women wore “Bernie is Bae” t-shirts and men customized toupee’s to match uncle Bern’s mature hair cut. The smell of mary jane filled the air as grandma’s and grandkids alike rocked their tye-dye Bernie apparel all while officers of the secret service stood just a few feet away.
Gates opened at 12pm allowing supporters and the undecided alike to mingle and vibe out with each other for a few hours before he came to the stage. I must say, whoever was in charge of making the rally playlist gets an A plus in my book. People swayed back and forth to the tunes of Kendrick Lamar’s “i”, Bob Marley’s “One Love” and The Temptations “The Way You Do the Things You Do” as well as many other hits. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bernie listened to reggae in his spare time as much as the DJ played it.
A lot of the crowd spent their waiting time sun bathing with their shoes off and openly discussing how amazing it is that the rally ended up having almost 30,000 people in attendance.
Being from New Orleans, I’m not used to seeing this many Democrats and Liberals in one area. Louisiana is a very Republican state and everyone wears suits with a permanent stink face to match at all of the rallies I’ve attended back home. If anything, this rally seemed like a unification of the people who had one common goal in mind: peace, love, and consideration for one another.
It’s not everyday that you get to see thousands of people on the same agenda. It was actually quite amazing how the energy of the park was in unison. While I didn’t wait the full four hours for Mr. Sanders to take the stage, by the time I left I had my mind set on who I was voting for. It just felt good being in that moment and if electing this guy can elongate that moment, sign me up right now.
I mean come on, who wouldn’t want someone that can bring the vibes like Bernie has to be our next president?
The preliminary voting for New York will be held on Tuesday, April 19th. It doesn’t matter who you vote for, as long as it’s accounted for.