Sergey Varlashkin, dressed as a "Chilean miner" at the Oct. 30 Stewart/Colbert rally, photographs Michael Dabrowski in the crush on the National Mall.

Sergey Varlashkin, dressed as a "Chilean miner" at the Oct. 30 Stewart/Colbert rally, photographs Michael Dabrowski in the crush on the National Mall.

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Students dressed as Chilean miners exit the Metro on the way to the rally.

Students dressed as Chilean miners exit the Metro on the way to the rally.

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Danil Rudoy, Anna Rozenberg, Mike Dabrowski and Sergey Varlashkin walk toward the rally.

Danil Rudoy, Anna Rozenberg, Mike Dabrowski and Sergey Varlashkin walk toward the rally.

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Colbert, left, and Stewart -- in dueling patriotic jackets -- get the crowd hyped.

Oct. 30, 2010

Colbert, left, and Stewart -- in dueling patriotic jackets -- get the crowd hyped.

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The rally stage featured a variety of musicians, as well as the Comedy Central figures, who handed out reasonableness and "fear-y" awards.

Oct. 30, 2010

The rally stage featured a variety of musicians, as well as the Comedy Central figures, who handed out reasonableness and "fear-y" awards.

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Debbie Colby of Herndon chose a hat decorated with tea bags as her rally fashion statement.

Oct. 30, 2010

Debbie Colby of Herndon chose a hat decorated with tea bags as her rally fashion statement.

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Colbert mediates as Ozzy Osbourne, left, and Yusuf Islam play their divergent styles of music. "Peace Train" rivaled "Crazy Train."

Oct. 30, 2010

Colbert mediates as Ozzy Osbourne, left, and Yusuf Islam play their divergent styles of music. "Peace Train" rivaled "Crazy Train."

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"Everybody has the right to be patriotic," Stewart said.

Oct. 30, 2010

"Everybody has the right to be patriotic," Stewart said.

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Kristen Hedges holds a mirror for Joan Stabler as she finishes her makeup before the rally.

Oct. 30, 2010

Kristen Hedges holds a mirror for Joan Stabler as she finishes her makeup before the rally.

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Tim Lund and Ashton Taylor, both of Alexandria, record their kiss during the rally. Patty Ross, center, of Ellicott City is willing to give peace a chance.

Oct. 30, 2010

Tim Lund and Ashton Taylor, both of Alexandria, record their kiss during the rally. Patty Ross, center, of Ellicott City is willing to give peace a chance.

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Nzali Mwanza-Shannon, 10 months, is held by family friend Albert Williams. The D.C. residents illustrate the rally's appeal to people of all ages.

Oct. 30, 2010

Nzali Mwanza-Shannon, 10 months, is held by family friend Albert Williams. The D.C. residents illustrate the rally's appeal to people of all ages.

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A dragon float makes its way along Pennsylvania Avenue near the rally.

Oct. 30, 2010

A dragon float makes its way along Pennsylvania Avenue near the rally.

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Colbert and Stewart staged a debate.

Oct. 30, 2010

Colbert and Stewart staged a debate.

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People arrived for the rally on foot, by bike and, often, after a crowded ride on the Metrorail.

Oct. 30, 2010

People arrived for the rally on foot, by bike and, often, after a crowded ride on the Metrorail.

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At one point, Stewart jokingly estimated the crowd size at 10 million. Metro reported increased ridership compared with a typical Saturday.

Oct. 30, 2010

At one point, Stewart jokingly estimated the crowd size at 10 million. Metro reported increased ridership compared with a typical Saturday.

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People dressed in the spirit of the rally.

Oct. 30, 2010

People dressed in the spirit of the rally.

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The eclectic guests at the rally included, from left, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Sheryl Crow, Father Guido Sarducci, Yusuf Islam and Mavis Staples.

Oct. 30, 2010

The eclectic guests at the rally included, from left, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Sheryl Crow, Father Guido Sarducci, Yusuf Islam and Mavis Staples.

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People without prime positions on the Mall stand outside the VIP tent, hoping to listen in on the audio feed.

Oct. 30, 2010

People without prime positions on the Mall stand outside the VIP tent, hoping to listen in on the audio feed.

Michael S. Williamson-The Washington Post

David Rapalski wears a horse head to the rally. He was protesting Boise State's Broncos not being in the college football championship series.

Oct. 30, 2010

David Rapalski wears a horse head to the rally. He was protesting Boise State's Broncos not being in the college football championship series.

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Tom Martin of Germantown was among attendees with an elaborate get-up.

Oct. 30, 2010

Tom Martin of Germantown was among attendees with an elaborate get-up.

Michael S. Williamson-The Washington Post

Metro stations around the area were swamped with a high volume of travelers. The wait to buy a fare card was lengthy at Greenbelt.

Oct. 30, 2010

Metro stations around the area were swamped with a high volume of travelers. The wait to buy a fare card was lengthy at Greenbelt.

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Countless limousines arrive to drop off VIP behind the stage where 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart and 'The Colbert Report' host Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central hold a rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Countless limousines arrive to drop off VIP behind the stage where 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart and 'The Colbert Report' host Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central hold a rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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A battalion of people in costume lead the way for a 70-foot-long dragon associated with the Burning Man festival. The dragon was among the most unusual modes of transport to the rally.

Oct. 30, 2010

A battalion of people in costume lead the way for a 70-foot-long dragon associated with the Burning Man festival. The dragon was among the most unusual modes of transport to the rally.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert emerges from under the stage in front of fellow rally host Jon Stewart, left, during their "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the Mall.

Oct. 30, 2010

Comedian Stephen Colbert emerges from under the stage in front of fellow rally host Jon Stewart, left, during their "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the Mall.

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John Legend is backed by the Roots in one of many musical performances at the rally.

Oct. 30, 2010

John Legend is backed by the Roots in one of many musical performances at the rally.

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Thousands throng to the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the Mall.

Oct. 30, 2010

Thousands throng to the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the Mall.

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Michelle McAuliffe of the District was among the thousands of rally-goers.

Oct. 30, 2010

Michelle McAuliffe of the District was among the thousands of rally-goers.

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Pearce and Danielle Wroe, both 26, of Laurel and Angela Johnson, right, 26, of Baltimore sit on the steps of the National Gallery of Art.

Pearce and Danielle Wroe, both 26, of Laurel and Angela Johnson, right, 26, of Baltimore sit on the steps of the National Gallery of Art.

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Rally-goers board a train at Metro Center.

Oct. 30, 2010

Rally-goers board a train at Metro Center.

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Big crowds wait to board trains at Metro Center. Some who headed to the Mall were thwarted by transportation delays. At times, trains could not accommodate new passengers at stops closer to downtown. Also, stations in Maryland and Virginia had  long lines that defied usual weekend patterns.

Oct. 30, 2010

Big crowds wait to board trains at Metro Center. Some who headed to the Mall were thwarted by transportation delays. At times, trains could not accommodate new passengers at stops closer to downtown. Also, stations in Maryland and Virginia had long lines that defied usual weekend patterns.

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Colbert, left, and Stewart perform on a stage in front of the Capitol.

Oct. 30, 2010

Colbert, left, and Stewart perform on a stage in front of the Capitol.

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"Crazy Train" vs. "Peace Train": Musicians Ozzy Osborne, left, and Yusuf (formerly known as Cat Stevens) performed at the rally.

Oct. 30, 2010

"Crazy Train" vs. "Peace Train": Musicians Ozzy Osborne, left, and Yusuf (formerly known as Cat Stevens) performed at the rally.

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Attendees gather behind the stage at the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear."

Oct. 30, 2010

Attendees gather behind the stage at the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear."

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The rally combined comedy, politics -- and a little bit of Halloween.

Oct. 30, 2010

The rally combined comedy, politics -- and a little bit of Halloween.

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The rally was hosted by two comedians, but many attendees used it to voice their serious concerns.

Oct. 30, 2010

The rally was hosted by two comedians, but many attendees used it to voice their serious concerns.

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Attendees gather on the Mall for the rally hosted by "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and "Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert.

Oct. 30, 2010

Attendees gather on the Mall for the rally hosted by "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and "Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert.

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Attendees on the Mall await the start of the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear."

Oct. 30, 2010

Attendees on the Mall await the start of the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear."

Michael S. Williamson-The Washington Post

Andy Geremia and Scott Petersen came to the rally with Halloween in mind, giving a nod the "Fear" portion of the event.

Oct. 30, 2010

Andy Geremia and Scott Petersen came to the rally with Halloween in mind, giving a nod the "Fear" portion of the event.

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The rally stage, set up on the Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Oct. 30, 2010

The rally stage, set up on the Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol.

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Ralliers on the Mall show their colors with signs: "Team Sanity" or "Team Fear."

Oct. 30, 2010

Ralliers on the Mall show their colors with signs: "Team Sanity" or "Team Fear."

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Marcus Trevisani of New York City came to the rally dressed as his version of the Mad Hatter.

Oct. 30, 2010

Marcus Trevisani of New York City came to the rally dressed as his version of the Mad Hatter.

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Jim Rother, left, 60, of Cincinnati and Paul Fouchia, 60, of Milwaukee came to the rally dressed as the Blues Brothers.

Oct. 30, 2010

Jim Rother, left, 60, of Cincinnati and Paul Fouchia, 60, of Milwaukee came to the rally dressed as the Blues Brothers.

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Colbert encouraged his fans to dress as their favorite fear, but some people opted for a more patriotic route.

Oct. 30, 2010

Colbert encouraged his fans to dress as their favorite fear, but some people opted for a more patriotic route.

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These signs show Colbert and Stewart as Uncle Sam.

Oct. 30, 2010

These signs show Colbert and Stewart as Uncle Sam.

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The throngs disembark en masse from the Metro on the way to the rally.

Oct. 30, 2010

The throngs disembark en masse from the Metro on the way to the rally.

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Signs range from earnest to irreverent.

Oct. 30, 2010

Signs range from earnest to irreverent.

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The hosts, who started by promoting separate events, have merged their overlapping fan bases behind one theme.

Oct. 30, 2010

The hosts, who started by promoting separate events, have merged their overlapping fan bases behind one theme.

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Signs and costumes were encouraged for attendees.

Oct. 30, 2010

Signs and costumes were encouraged for attendees.

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Young men on the Mall mock fears about immigration, saying, "If you think this is funny then you won't be laughing when we take your jobs!"

Oct. 30, 2010

Young men on the Mall mock fears about immigration, saying, "If you think this is funny then you won't be laughing when we take your jobs!"

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Robert Lindsay is decked out as a spy.

Oct. 30, 2010

Robert Lindsay is decked out as a spy.

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Lynn Fowle came to the rally dressed as a witch with tea bags hanging from her veil.

Oct. 30, 2010

Lynn Fowle came to the rally dressed as a witch with tea bags hanging from her veil.

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A common theme: poking fun at people who question President Obama's nationality.

Oct. 30, 2010

A common theme: poking fun at people who question President Obama's nationality.

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Commemorative buttons are for sale during the rally.

Oct. 30, 2010

Commemorative buttons are for sale during the rally.

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People gather on the Mall hours before the scheduled start of the rally, which is to feature performances by musicians including Sheryl Crow.

Oct. 30, 2010

People gather on the Mall hours before the scheduled start of the rally, which is to feature performances by musicians including Sheryl Crow.

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Stewart encouraged his fans to "take it down a notch."

Oct. 30, 2010

Stewart encouraged his fans to "take it down a notch."

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Steven Meyer works his way through the rally crowd with the help of Jessica Briatico.

Oct. 30, 2010

Steven Meyer works his way through the rally crowd with the help of Jessica Briatico.

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Signs played off the rhetoric of recent rallies staged by conservatives.

Oct. 30, 2010

Signs played off the rhetoric of recent rallies staged by conservatives.

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One person came dressed as Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who said in 1999: "I dabbled into witchcraft."

Oct. 30, 2010

One person came dressed as Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who said in 1999: "I dabbled into witchcraft."

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Stewart had offered fans suggestions for sign slogans, and many people came up with their own.

Oct. 30, 2010

Stewart had offered fans suggestions for sign slogans, and many people came up with their own.

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Costumes run the gamut, including the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Oct. 30, 2010

Costumes run the gamut, including the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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People arrive early to stake out spots on the Mall.

Oct. 30, 2010

People arrive early to stake out spots on the Mall.

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Colbert is pictured in the image associated with Rosie the Riveter.

Oct. 30, 2010

Colbert is pictured in the image associated with Rosie the Riveter.

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Workers set up stands on the Mall for Saturday's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear."

Oct. 27, 2010

Workers set up stands on the Mall for Saturday's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear."

Bill O'Leary-The Washington Post

There's been a run on portable toilets for events being held in the D.C. area this weekend. The Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rally, sponsored by Comedy Central, is competing with the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday. Stewart and his entourage, though, won't have to stand in line with everyday folks: They're said to be getting their own "luxury" restroom trailer.

Oct. 27, 2010

There's been a run on portable toilets for events being held in the D.C. area this weekend. The Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rally, sponsored by Comedy Central, is competing with the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday. Stewart and his entourage, though, won't have to stand in line with everyday folks: They're said to be getting their own "luxury" restroom trailer.

Bill O'Leary-The Washington Post

Workers use a crane to set up electronics towers for the rally.

Oct. 27, 2010

Workers use a crane to set up electronics towers for the rally.

Bill O'Leary-The Washington Post

Workers rush to finish their work before more rain sets in. The rally  which will take place between noon and 3 p.m. on the far eastern end of the Mall.

Oct. 27, 2010

Workers rush to finish their work before more rain sets in. The rally which will take place between noon and 3 p.m. on the far eastern end of the Mall.

Bill O'Leary-The Washington Post

While preparations continue for the rally, Jon Stewart has been in town taping his Comedy Central show.

Oct. 27, 2010

While preparations continue for the rally, Jon Stewart has been in town taping his Comedy Central show.

Bill O'Leary-The Washington Post