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Thousands Flock to Black Lives Matter Plaza to Celebrate Biden's Win

People honked car horns and cried out with joy in celebration of the news that Joe Biden won the election

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A sea of people filled Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House for blocks to celebrate the news that Joe Biden won the presidential election. News4’s Mark Segraves and Shomari Stone report.

Cheers could be heard in Washington, D.C., after Joe Biden was projected to have defeated President Donald Trump.

A sea of people poured into Black Lives Matter Plaza just north of the White House. People popped bottles of champagne, banged on pots and pans, waved flags and cried out with happiness.

Some chanted: "Na na na na. Na na na na. Hey hey hey. Goodbye." One man yelled, "He's gone!"

"We love Kamala. I mean, it's a proud moment to have an HBCU graduate representing this nation ... and a woman, and an African-American woman," a Howard University alumna said. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is a 1986 Howard graduate.

Some roads in the area around the White House are closed for the crowds.

People of all ages and walks of life came out to demonstrate. Most were wearing face masks, News4's Mark Segraves reported.

“This is the day that the Lord has made,” an elated reverend in the crowd told News4.

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A woman waves a Joe Biden flag as people celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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A family showing their support for Biden/Harris in downtown D.C.
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Champagne sales are brisk this afternoon at Rodman’s in Northwest D.C., a manager said. One shopper was decked out in a pink cap featuring the logo of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, of which Kamala Harris is a member.
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Champagne sales are brisk this afternoon at Rodman’s in Northwest D.C., a manager said. One shopper was decked out in a pink cap featuring the logo of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, of which Kamala Harris is a member.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 7, 2020: A Donald Trump inflatable is seen in a street after the media announcement that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election. CNN, NBC and AP project Biden to win the US presidential election as he has surpassed the 270 electoral votes. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)
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Howard University students and alumni celebrate alum Kamala Harris’ projected win.
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Howard University students and alumni celebrate alum Kamala Harris’ projected win.
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC, on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC, on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)
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A look at Black Lives Matter Plaza on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 after Joe Biden was projected to become president.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 7, 2020: People react as media announce that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election in McPherson Square. CNN, NBC and AP project Biden to win the election as he has surpassed the 270 electoral votes. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
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A woman holds a sign reading “The Nightmare is Over” as people celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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A demonstrator holds a sign that reads “Trump Is Over” during a rally near the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Democrat Joe Biden has taken the lead in Pennsylvania over President Donald Trump, putting him on the cusp of victory in the presidential race. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Cheers erupt in apartment buildings in D.C.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 7, 2020: People react as media announce that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election during a rally for a fair vote count in the 2020 US presidential election in McPherson Square. CNN, NBC and AP project Biden to win the election as he has surpassed the 270 electoral votes. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 7, 2020: DC Congresswoman Eleanor Norton Holmes speaks during a rally for a fair vote count in the 2020 US presidential election in McPherson Square. CNN, NBC and AP project Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden to win the US presidential election as he has surpassed the 270 electoral votes. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC, on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC, on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC, on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)
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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 7, 2020: A man reacts as media announce that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election during a rally for a fair vote count in the 2020 US presidential election in McPherson Square. CNN, NBC and AP project Biden to win the election as he has surpassed the 270 electoral votes. Yegor Aleyev/TASS
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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 7, 2020: A man holds US flags after the media announcement that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election, in a street. CNN, NBC and AP project Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden to win the US presidential election as he has surpassed the 270 electoral votes. Yegor Aleyev/TASS
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC, on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)
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People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC, on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)
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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 7, 2020: A man celebrates in a street after the media announcement that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election. CNN, NBC and AP project Biden to win the US presidential election as he has surpassed the 270 electoral votes. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)
(Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
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A man waves a Biden flag as people celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. – Joyous celebrations erupted in Washington on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared winner of the US presidency, as several people poured into the streets of the US capital — some of them chanting, cheering and singing in front of the White House. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

“Bye bye, Donald Trump,” a woman repeated into a megaphone.

“It’s good to see democracy’s working. I couldn’t be happier,” Georgetown University student Jack Mahoney said.

Champagne sales were brisk at Rodmans grocery store on Wisconsin Avenue NW. A woman wearing a pink hat with the logo of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority — of which Harris is a part — smiled with a bottle of pink bubbly. 

Moments after Biden was projected to have won in Pennsylvania, an eruption of music and cheers could be heard from windows and balconies in the Tenleytown and Shaw neighborhoods. 

In Cleveland Park, people cheered on street corners as passing cars honked their horns. On K Street NW, drivers stuck in traffic honked their horns again and again.

Nearby in Bethesda, people shouted and banged pots and pans. 

Cheers can be heard in Bethesda, Maryland in the moments after Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump according to NBC News projections. People cheered and hit pots and pans.

In Alexandria, whoops and shouts could be heard. One couple could be seen drinking straight from a champagne bottle, News4’s Julie Carey reported.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. 

“We could not be prouder to have President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris join our city. They will not only bring dignity back to the White House, but a real commitment to the shared values we uphold and fight for every day in our city — the values embodied by Black Lives Matter Plaza leading right up to their front door,” Bowser said in a statement. 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter, “Congratulations to President-elect Biden. Everyone should want our president to succeed because we need our country to succeed. We have great challenges ahead of us as a country. Now more than ever, we need to come together as Americans.” 

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also congratulated Biden and Harris and said on Twitter, “It's time to come together as a nation to address our challenges and move our country forward. I am looking forward to working with you!”

NBC News projected that Biden would vanquish his Republican foe after a campaign as bitter and divisive as Trump’s own presidential term. Victories in “blue wall” northern industrial states propelled Biden to the White House, where he’ll confront America’s deep health, economic and social ills.

A win in Pennsylvania sealed his victory Saturday morning after more than three tension-filled days of counting votes. Record numbers of Americans voted early and by mail, many out of concern about going to polling places during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.