By Stephanie Vallejo, Globe correspondent
WASHINGTON -- Today’s inauguration turned into an interspecies celebration for Polar Bears Against War and Melting Ice, a Washington advocacy group.
Starting at 10 a.m., two group members stood at the corner of 14 Street and New York Avenue, dressed in homemade polar bear suits, and commemorated the event by dancing and leading a conga line to Barack Obama-themed music blasting from an iPod and speakers powered by two DuraLast batteries typically used for cars and trucks.
“We are very concerned about Barack Obama’s policy towards coal. There’s no clean coal; we need to focus on solar and wind energy. But we’re here to congratulate him,” said organizer and D.C. resident Adam Eidinger, 35.
Eidinger, who has lived in the capital for 16 years, has seen his share of inaugurations; for the last two he organized protests. Since October 2007, the group has usually used the suits, fashioned from fake fur and papier-mâché, for protest.
Today, however, “We’re not protesting here," Eidinger said. "People get it. They know we’re talking about global warming.”
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