(KMOV) -- Tea partiers gathered in the thousands under the Arch Sunday.
The band "The Founding Fathers" wore powdered wigs and period costumes for their performance at today's tea party rally aimed at energizing conservatives.
The rallies are an opportunity to build momentum before the midterm elections. Tea party organizers said they do not see their commitment as a short term process, but a lifetime struggle.
"I'm not anti-government, I'm anti-big government," Joellyn Furman said. "It's the spending. They're spending us into oblivion. Our grandchildren are going to have to pay for it."
About 500 people in February 2009 held a tea party protest on the riverfront. The party wants to show that the movement is a political force with staying power. Today, that number was up to 10,000.