Their face paint melted off, their cardboard doves lost wings and their socks got wet. Some of them whined to their parents. Some even had to be carried.
But yesterday's crowd of anti-war protesters, ages 2 to 10, marched on, much the same way their parents did at another, much larger demonstration on Saturday.
An energetic crowd of about 20,000 anti-war protesters turned out on a rainy day Saturday at the Seattle Center before marching to the Federal Building and the Immigration and Naturalization Service detention center.
Other anti-war rallies and marches Saturday drew smaller numbers in Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Union Gap, Ellensburg, Bellingham, Bremerton and Longview.
The demonstrations continued yesterday. And so did the rain. But this time it was children who marched in protest of war.
"We just wanted to make a connection between children here and children" in Iraq, said Sam Eliasen, who organized the event along with other members of Phinney Neighbors for Peace and Justice.
"When I think of the issue in Iraq, I do feel compassion for the adults but I feel the most compassion for the children," Eliasen said.
It was a weekend full of protesting for most of yesterday's adult attendees.
Organizers passed out 600 fliers at the protest Saturday, drawing protesters and their children to Phinney Ridge yesterday.
Protesters liked the idea of bring their children to a march, said Fred Miller of Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War, or SNOW, coalition.
"I talked to three parents [Saturday] who said, 'I didn't want to bring my kids cause I didn't know if we were going to be tear-gassed,' " Miller said.
The demonstration Saturday turned out relatively peaceful. One person was arrested for defacing property, police spokeswoman Deanna Nollette said.
There were no injuries or reports of significant property damage.
Yesterday, the police didn't even show up to the 6500 block of Phinney Avenue North.
Protesters marched along the sidewalks of Phinney and Greenwood avenues to North 80th Street, and then returned along the same route.
Most of the 150 or so participants were from Phinney Ridge, but some came from as far away as Bothell.
Participants donated more than $850 to Fremont resident Bert Sacks' Iraqi Children's Project. The money will be used to buy medicine and toys for Iraqi children.
Sacks has taken such items to Iraq on his past nine visits to the country.
The rain kept a few marchers indoors yesterday, but organizers say they're happy with the turnout.
The downpour was no deterrent for 5-year-old Zora Hahn, who marched for more than an hour.
"I'm part of the parade," she boasted, multicolored face-paint dripping down her face.
Zora said she didn't know what war was. She said she marched yesterday "because children wanna come."
"We don't want to make them puppets to just do what we believe," her father said.
Claire Patterson, 8, is no puppet. She marched at the head of the crowd, leaving her parents a few steps behind.
"We're protesting war," she said. "We're hoping that if we march, Bush will change his mind about war. We don't think war is right."
Claire said she learned about war and Iraq at school. She attends Orca, an alternative public school in Columbia City.
"She's been interested ever since the elections," her stepmother, Jen Schulz, said. "She wondered how Bush became president."
Taylor Buther-Hawkins, 6, marched through the rain until the end, shivering underneath his hooded jacket.
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