Bernie Sanders held a celebrity-studded rally and indie rock concert in Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City on Wednesday, and thousands were standing in line for the event early in the afternoon even though no one would be admitted until 5 p.m.; the star-packed roster of speakers and performers is not scheduled to hit the stage until 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Scroll down this page to watch a live stream of the massive Bernie Sanders rally, which according to media accounts out of New York City on Wednesday, has the historic Washington Square Park, adjacent to many of New York University’s main buildings, “on total lockdown” until the event is over.
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Like many of Bernie Sanders’ recent rally events, the Washington Square rally will be an indie rock show in addition to a Sanders stump speech. The popular New York City-based alternative rock band Vampire Weekend will stage a concert at the rally.
Another local alt-rock group, Dirty Projectors, were also reported to be on the bill, but their appearance had not been confirmed.
At the Washington Square rally, Sanders will also trot out one of the largest rosters of celebrities at any of his rallies so far. Tim Robbins, film director and TV commercial pitchman Spike Lee, Daredevil actress Rosario Dawson, former R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe, and Shailene Woodley, star of the teen-action Divergent movie franchise, are all listed on the roster of speakers before Bernie Sanders himself takes the stage.
To watch a full replay of the massive Bernie Sanders Vampire Weekend show and rally in Washington Square Park, New York City, click on the video below. As stated above, the show is scheduled to get underway at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 13, 5 p.m. Pacific.
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Sanders has been holding numerous outdoor rallies in New York City, despite sometimes frigid temperatures there over the past week — such as the rally he held in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn last Friday, which can be seen in a full replay, in the video below.
While Sanders draws often huge, high-energy crowds to his rallies, a trend that has continued in New York City and across the state as he campaigns ahead of the crucial April 19 primary, whether or not the large spectacles laden with Hollywood and music industry glamor are actually doing Sanders any good remains, at best, unclear.
Polls have not shown Bernie Sanders making much progress against Hillary Clinton heading toward next Tuesday’s primary, which is an absolute must-win for Sanders who trails Clinton by 214 pledged delegates and needs not only to win big states such as New York, but win them by big margins to have a hope of capturing the Democratic presidential nomination.
In nine polls of New York Democratic voters released since April 1, Clinton has led Sanders by at least 10 points in every poll and as many 18 points in one poll. The FiveThirtyEight weighted polling average as of April 13 puts Clinton in the lead by a comfortable 14 points.
Another factor working against Bernie Sanders in the New York primary are the state’s strict rules and deadlines for voter registration that, according to some reports, have caught many of Sanders younger supporters unawares.
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To cast a vote for Bernie Sanders on April 19, a voter must be not only a registered voter, but a registered Democrat. But the deadline to register as a voter has already passed, on March 25. And for voters who were registered, but as independents, a bloc that heavily favors Sanders and comprises about 20 percent of registered voters in New York, the deadline for switching to register as Democrats was last October 9.
“It really is a large segment of New York that gets shut out of the primary,” said Team Bernie New York founder Tascha Van Auken. “Unless you’re very plugged into the political process, you likely don’t even realize it.”
The huge Washington Square rally is the last one in New York for Bernie Sanders until Sunday when he holds a rally in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with another list of celebrities and indie rock band Grizzly Bear.
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