BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Back in 1773, colonists protested English taxes by dumping crates of imported tea into Boston Harbor.Nearly 237 years later, that historic act of revolt was rebooted as Sarah Palin headlined the Tea Party Express' stop in Boston. It was the second-to-last event for the rolling caravan, which wraps up on Thursday in Washington. Thousands turned out to hear Palin's familiar twang as she called for smaller government and lower taxes. "Americans now spend 100 days out of the year working for the government before we even start working for ourselves," said the former vice presidential candidate amid the cheering. "It is time to remind
President Barack Obama was the most prevalent target, treated as a super villain on par with Dr. No and Darth Vader. One participant's sign read "Fidel Castro says he likes Obama." A small child held a sign that read: "I'm four and I already owe $100,000 to the IRS." Counter protests took a more absurd approach. One group carried signs identifying them as the "Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus." A Sarah Palin look-a-like strolled the grounds spouting what she herself called "B.S." The Lyndon LaRouche camp set up a table where a man, dressed in drag, claimed to be the Queen of England. For all the venom spewed at socialists, a self-proclaimed group of them -- holding a banner that said "Bailout Workers, Not Banks" -- found common ground with the Tea Party. "There are a lot of people who thought we were in favor of the bank bailouts. We just asked them, 'Can you see the sign? We don't,'" says Chris Persampieri of the group Socialist Alternative. "They opposed Obamacare and we opposed Obamacare. They oppose the bailouts and we oppose the bailouts. Neither of us think Wall Street should be getting any bailouts at all." -- Reported by Joe Mont in Boston.