Broward Democrats have waited nearly a year to hear Hillary Clinton at a major public rally in their county.
They waited in line as the thunder cackled and ignored suggestions from police officers to seek shelter elsewhere inside or return to their cars. This was a fired-up and heavily female crowd that wasn't going to miss their chance to hear Clinton.
The crowd included first-time voters, immigrants from the Caribbean, Muslims, Jews -- and a feminist wearing a Miss Piggy t-shirt.
Here is a snapshot of what they said:
Rukhsana Ayyub, a 62-year-old Coconut Creek voter, emigrated from Pakistan when she was 23.
"I have a message for Trump," said Ayyub, who works for a nonprofit. "I am an immigrant. I am a Muslim. I am proud to pay my taxes."
Ayyub said she found Trump's comments about a Muslim registry "very disturbing."
"We all have demons, discrimination inside but Hillary Clinton is encouraging us to be better humans," she said.
American voters shattered the first ceiling by electing Obama, she said.
"This time is for overcoming the second ceiling," she said, reeling off a long list of countries including in the Third World already led by women.
Pepper Thompson, 56, a retired school librarian from Coconut Creek wore her "Miss Piggy" t-shirt to send a message to Donald Trump. (A former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, said Trump called her Miss Piggy.)
"I wanted to show Donald he can throw insults around but he is the one who is sexist, racist...," she said.
Thompson was thrilled that Clinton was appearing in Coral Springs.
"I've been dying to see her," said Thompson, who has been volunteering to register voters.
Kathryn Kvech, 39, pulled her four children -- age ranging from 5 to 12 -- out of school early to hear Clinton.
"I am raising my children to be kind people," said the Coral Springs stay-at-home mother and Democrat. "Hillary promotes kindness."
Marilyn St. Julien, a black voter from Tamarac, said that Clinton needs to "keep doing what she is doing" to turn out black voters.
"She sympathizes with blacks, Black Lives Matter, stuff like that," said St. Julien, a 48-year-old nurse.
Black voters will ultimately turn out for Clinton, she predicted.
"Everybody I know are for Hillary," she said.
Some black voters said they have no doubts that on Nov. 8th, black voters will turn out for Clinton.
"I love everything about her," said Maureen Fuller, 58, of Margate who works at Walmart and is originally from Jamaica. "I like her experience. She will always be for women and looking out for us. When the day comes to vote black people will go out and vote for her."
Miami Herald photo by Pedro Portal