Thousands surround White House rejoicing historic presidential election

Media Credit: Ari Golub | Staff Photographer

Don Marshall waves an American flag minutes after Joe Biden was named the 46th U.S. president.

Minutes after Joe Biden was announced the 46th U.S. president Saturday morning, thousands flooded the streets in celebration.

Biden punched his ticket to the White House after five days of ballot counting in several key battleground states. CNN first projected the results late Saturday morning, announcing that he secured Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Students, D.C. natives and visitors surrounded the White House for impromptu festivities, popping bottles of champagne, dancing and chanting in the street. Here are some highlights from the day:

Sophie Moten | Staff Photographer

Biden supporters pop bottles of champagne in Black Lives Matter Plaza.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

A man cheers in celebration from an apartment balcony on 22nd Street NW.

Ari Golub | Staff Photographer

Biden supporters cheer in celebration.

Ari Golub | Staff Photographer

A couple share an embrace outside the White House.

Sophie Moten | Staff Photographer

A woman climbs the traffic light on the corner of Black Lives Matter Plaza and H Street NW after the presidential election results were called.

Lillian Bautista | Senior Photo Editor

A woman pops a bottle of champagne at Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of the White House.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

A balloon depicting President Donald Trump as a baby flies above St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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A family drives down 17th Street NW, cheering in celebration of Democratic candidate Biden’s win.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

A group of Biden supporters dance to Go-Go music in McPherson Square.

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A man wearing Biden/Harris gear celebrates the president-elect’s win at Black Lives Matter Plaza.

Lillian Bautista | Senior Photo Editor

A woman holds a Biden/Harris 2020 sign and a cardboard cutout reading, “Donald, You’re Fired!!”

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

Thousands took to the streets Saturday to celebrate President-elect Joe Biden.

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