Here's What Happened On The Most Important Day Yet Of Occupy Wall Street

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Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street combined with organised labour and had a massive march from Foley Square down to their occupation site in Zuccotti Park.Cops on the scene told us there were at least 5,000 people there. An Occupy Wall Streeter said there were about 7,000.

We wouldn’t be surprised if there were more.

The march was full of costumes, speeches, slogans and signs and lasted for hours. The march started with the OWS from Zuccotti Park around 4 PM. They marched to Foley Square and met with unions and other marchers around 4:45. They then marched back to Zuccotti after hearing some speeches and playing some drum beats.

The whole thing didn’t end until a little before 7 PM.

It was quite a show. We have it here if you missed it.

It was bound to be a busy day, so OWS put everything marchers needed to know on a jam-packed board.

Sign making... these slogans have to come from somewhere.

Here's a good one...for Erin Burnett, we think.

Everyone's getting geared up. Note: There were a surprising number of kids at this march.

The mainstream media finally showed. Here's the Wall Street Journal reporter.

But most of the protesters would rather read the Occupy Wall Street Journal.

A reporter who has been covering the protest, Gary Anthony Ramsay, stopped by and got in an intense debate with a protester.

This protester was getting her lovely boots shined. This made us pause a second.

A little dancing to get warmed up.

Cops stood ready.

The unions are ready, here are the nurses!

And they're off! The march begins.

It stretched several city blocks even without labour. This guy was pretty amazed.

The live feed came along on the march.

Obviously, the Anonymous mask was there.

Tourists were eating it up. There were peace signs and thumbs up and everything.

And protesters fed off their positive energy.

This guy was dressed as Diogenes, the Greek scholar who founded the Cynic philosophy. He warned the US would become another Greece.

As you can see, the crowd was massive. Check out the left side of the street.

He looks concerned.

There were a lot of young people there concerned about their prospects.

And their loans.

But they were usually set to some funky drum beats.

Flutes provided some beautiful melodies. The musicians were all just as into their sound as this guy.

This woman has lost her job as a medical secretary at an AIDS clinic.

This little lady lives in the Lower East Side. She wanted to see the banks get taxed more.

But the protesters didn't think all bankers deserved to be punished.

Or everyone in Washington. Check out this shout out to Elizabeth Warren.

Finally, we meet labour in Foley Square and the giant crowd is spilling up the steps of the Courthouse and out of the park!

This guy was standing on top of the fountain, and since he was in our last slideshow, we know he's been going for days.

The labour leaders wave to the crowd. SEIU 1199, United Transit Workers, the United Federation of Teachers and more were represented.

They credited the Occupy Wall Streeters with showing them how to demonstrate again.

This man spoke for the United Transit workers. He said his 38,000 members were all behind Occupy Wall Street to the end.

Here's an angry veteran addressing the marchers.

Once the speeches were finished, the march slowly got going again.

Tons of different groups were represented, including the Indigenous coalition, which we'd never heard of.

Construction workers look on... they don't look pleased at all.

The police laid down a clear path for the march back to Zuccotti.

Which was great, because the march got 4 or 5 times bigger.

People were climbing everywhere to get good shots of the crowd.

At that point, things seemed a bit chaotic. Onlookers were concerned.

But the crowd stayed peaceful, even if their signs were a little violent.

Like we said, violent signs. Sorry Lloyd Blankfein.

Toward the end of the march, the protesters started using the human microphone to settle back into the park.

And the people who just came for the march called it a night around 7 PM.

The question now is... what's next?

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