Crowds Celebrate Election Night Across U.S. With Sing-Alongs, Cupcake Fights, and Surprisingly Orderly Conduct

November 5, 2008, 1:22 PM EST

Crowds gathered outside across the United States last night in places like Rockefeller Plaza.

Photo: Alison Whittington for BizBash

The morning after the election, media outlets across the country (including our own domestic bureaus) took a census of the countless political celebrations from last night. Here's a look:

  • As thousands lined up for Obama's rally in Grant Park—where most watched his speech on a JumboTron—local caterer Limelight served mini BLTs to 3,000 guests in the tents for media, campaign officials, and donors. [BizBashChicago]
  • While NBC and Fox News wooed New Yorkers to festivities outside their headquarters, Slate and served advertisers food from Obama- and McCain-inspired food stations at opposite sides of their party. [BizBashNY]
  • The California Democratic Party's bash filled every available space at the Century City Hyatt. More than 17,000 people RSVPed online; 7,000 is the capacity for the hotel's public spaces. [BizBashLA]
  • In Washington the Hyatt served—surprise!—an all-American menu for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Qorvis Communications set up photo ops with wax figures of Obama and George W. Bush in its offices. [BizBashDC]
  • The Chicago Tribune reported that Obama's Grant Park crowds dissipated quickly with “no reported problems.” [ChicagoTrib]
  • CNN brought back its convention season “CNN Grill” to New York’s Time Warner Center for a celebrity-filled party and venue for political bloggers. [Variety]
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  • Metromix photographed the jubilant crowds at three different election night parties in Chicago, including its own Rock the Vote viewing at House of Blues and the Annoyance Theater’s bash hosted by a drag impersonator of Sarah Palin. [Metromix]
  • “Mass hysteria” and a group sing-along of “We Are the Champions” defined Washington’s DNCC party. [Politico]
  • Comedy Central's “Indecision 2008” party at the Park offered buzzword buffet items, including Socialist Salmon and Elitest Mixed Greens and Joe the Plumber's Good Old Macaroni and Cheese with Small Town Patriotic Chicken Wings, and “diversions included Indecision slot machines and a game of McCain-Obama Plinko.” [NYT]
  • More from Comedy Central: Guests threw John McCain cupcakes at each other in celebration. [NY Daily News]
  • Brad Pitt, Spike Lee, and Oprah were among the celebrities in attendance at Obama’s Grant Park rally in Chicago. [Politico]
  • Parties moved outside of homes and bars after the election was called, and Gawker collected photos from public celebrations across the country. [Gawker]
  • The likely passing of California’s gay marriage-banning Proposition 8 didn’t discourage guests at the “No on 8” party, who cheered for Obama’s win. [LA Daily News]
  • With political and media staffers on the clock last night and campaigners in Phoenix and Chicago, Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argentsinger dubbed election night as “historically a drab night for Official Washington.” [WashPost]
  • A Republican viewing party at the Hilton Chicago was a “somber” affair with the 200 or so guests “disheartened” by cheering coming from the Grant Park rally. [Chicago Sun Times]

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