VERO BEACH — An estimated crowd of 5,000 people gathered at the Indian River County fairgrounds Friday evening as part of the third annual Tea Party rally.
Last year, 4,500 came out to Holman Stadium for a similar event, protesting what they called "fiscal irresponsibility" on the part of federal government.
Speakers at Friday's rally included U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Bill Posey, who represents Florida's 15th Congressional District. Rubio was scheduled to speak last year but was called away to tend to his then-ailing father.
While introducing Rubio and Posey, Indian River Tea Party chairman Toby Hill said that both men support the party's ideals.
"Both of these men are true patriots," said Hill. "They are both fiscally conservative and know that's what made America great."
Posey drew a standing ovation from the mostly Republican crowd, and said he was honored to be part of a movement that is making a big difference in the United States.