Our Jillian Rayfield has a good wrap-up of the anti-Park51 protest down near Ground Zero this afternoon.
A few points worth noting. A police officer Jill spoke to at the event estimated the size of the crowd at about 1500. And despite efforts to bus people in from different parts of the country, Jill says it seemed to be overwhelmingly a local crowd. And there was a big turnout of counter-protestors as well.
Press reports suggest that the pro-tolerance demonstration had almost as many attendees as the hate festival which kicked off at 3 pm.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.