Joining in the festivities was a group that had traveled from Keene, N.H., where participants in a movement called the Free State Project have engaged in protests ranging from hosting public smoke-outs for marijuana legalization to a woman standing topless with a gun in the town's center.
"I feel like it's a human right to use one's mouth as one pleases as long as you're not putting it on other people," said Derrick J. Horton, a 23-year-old from Keene, who said he'd just gotten out of jail for a "victimless crime spree."
Horton said he doesn't consider himself a Free Stater but moved to New Hampshire from Philadelphia in pursuit of liberty and uses the surname "Freeman."
"I don't use foul language in everyday life," he said while warning of a slippery slope of censorship. But "if someone started saying that I couldn't speak out against war, that would be terribly concerning to me."