Matt Lupoli wrote the following for WESH news in Orlando, Florida:
With nearly 7,000 followers on the Occupy Orlando Facebook page, a large crowd turned out for Saturday's demonstration.The strong turnouts at these protests are amazing, and as a point of consideration, are much stronger then when the tea party had their numerous protests around the nation on a particular day. These protests have lasted for weeks and they continue to grow.
Occupy activists said they are protesting the influence of big business and banks.
"We are fed up that our great nation is masquerading as a democratic republic, when in fact it has become 'Corporatocracy,' reads a statement on the group's website.
Meanwhile, protesters in other Central Florida communities have also had demonstrations.
In Daytona Beach, an all-day Occupy protest took place in Tuscawilla Park along International Speedway Boulevard as Biketoberfest visitors converge on the area.
Similar protests will take to downtown Ocala in Marion County and the Merritt Square Mall in Brevard County. And across the state, protesters in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tampa, Gainesville and Tallahassee are expected to meet as well, according to Occupy Florida's website.