A huge marching band protested US immigration policy in Boston

More than 200 protesters gathered at the Suffolk County House of Correction in Boston on Sunday night to decry the detention of immigrants at the facility. –Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Shadows danced behind the barred windows of the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay on Sunday night as protesters outside with tubas, trombones, and saxophones decried the detention of over 200 immigrants at the facility.

Hundreds of musicians from eight bands in Boston for the HONK! Festival marched outside the facility, which provides space for a detention center run by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They played songs such as “What Side Are You On?’’ and yelled, “No borders, no nations, stop the deportations!’’

“The thing that really bothers me is that we don’t know the stories of the people inside and it’s very easy to dehumanize them,’’ saxophonist Angie Sassi of Somerville said. A piccolo player pressed against the chain-link fence around the facility as prisoners on the top floor held a handmade sign that said, “We love you.’’

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