By Megan Woolhouse, Globe Staff
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was the main attraction, but several Kenyans who danced and sang in Swahili along Independence Avenue wearing New England Patriot baseball caps drew crowds on the Mall.
With colorful woven tunics draped over their winter coats, they drew greetings from people gathered on the National Mall. And nearly each time they did, they smiled, danced, and waved Kenyan fly swatters made from cow’s tails singing Obama’s name over and over.
Several said they had immigrated to Worcester several years ago, leading to the Patriots allegiance. Others in the group said they were in the United States briefly and would return to Kenya soon.
“This is my first time” in America, said Maina Kirango, adding that he is from the same village as Obama’s father. He said the trip was eventful, although he struggled with the weather.
“It’s too cold right now,” he said.
While the cheek-to-jowl crowd in front of the jumbo screen televisions frustrated some spectators, the group from Kenya took it in stride.
“We’re excited whether we see Obama or not,” said Winnie Chege, who is also returning to Kenya in a few weeks.
Then she and the others broke out in song and dance again, gyrating along the perimeter of the Mall with the others.
“This is big for us,” one member of the group said of Obama’s election before spinning off. “Everything is possible.”
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