Hagan welcomes tea party crowd to Tampa
TAMPA — They wore red, white and blue and waved yellow flags that read "Don't Tread on Me."
Taking a page from the hippies of the 1960s, they sang patriotic songs and shouted fiery rhetoric in protest of government action. Only this was a decidedly clean-shaven lot and considerably grayer.
And that familiar scent in the air? Tea.
Several hundred people descended on Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park in downtown Tampa on Thursday night for the 2010 Tampa Bay Tax Day Tea Party. It was one of hundreds of gatherings nationwide in protest of government bailouts, runaway deficits and health care reform.
Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan welcomed them, saying, "I'm delighted to be here today and to be with freedom-loving Americans."
David DeCamp, Times staff writer