What it's like at CPAC, the largest annual gathering of conservatives

Published 12:51 pm, Saturday, February 25, 2017

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The Conservative Political Action Conference took place this week in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC.

The annual political confab has been the largest gathering of conservatives since its inception in 1974. Thousands attend each year to listen to luminaries deliver speeches and offer their vision for the future of conservatism. 

This year was no different. With a noticeable tilt toward Trumpism, the 2017 conference brought together conservatives of all different stripes and concluded with a boat party held by Breitbart.


Business Insider attended the conference. Here are some of the sights we saw.

CPAC was held this year at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Here’s the main check in stand where attendees picked up their badges.

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After picking up conference credentials, attendees proceed inside. Just outside the main ballroom, where the high-profile speeches are delivered, is what’s dubbed as “radio row.” Conservative outlets broadcast their shows live from CPAC here.

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There were many interesting sights on radio row. Here’s a man dressed up as a swamp creature. President Donald Trump, of course, famously promised during the campaign to “drain the swamp” of corruption.

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