But the people who took part were fired up by the legacy of Martin Luther King Junior.
They want to live the lessons Doctor King taught at the cost of his life.
"Martin Luther King Junior's legacy is about being a voice," said Megan Smith of Boise. "It's about standing up for what you believe in no matter how daunting it may seem."
It was a quirk in the calendar that moved President Obama's inauguration for a second term to the day the nation honors the late civil rights leader.
The official presidential inauguration date is Jan. 20 but that was Sunday so the formal public ceremony was moved to Monday.
And it was not lost on the crowd gathered at the Idaho Statehouse that America's first black president was being sworn in for a second term.
"It's a great day, yes," said Dayo Ayodele of Boise. "And not just for black people. Civil rights is about people of all colors, and races. We are definitely moving forward."
And while there's still a long way to go, Doctor King's dream is as close to reality as it's ever been.