Election 2020

Biden Victory Brings Spontaneous Celebration, Dance and Some Protest

Celebrations erupted in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle and Chicago where one video showed a person outside cheering and banging a pot while a child with a tambourine broke out into a dance.

Pockets of spontaneous celebrations erupted across the country Saturday following the announcement that Joe Biden was projected to win the presidency.

From New York City to Los Angeles, Calif., there were car horns, cheers and dancing in the streets. And although there was a smattering of protests that broke out as well, they were mostly peaceful after days of tense standoffs and and armed protesters gathering nightly outside offices where workers were counting the votes.

People gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza react to the news that Joe Biden has been projected as the 46th president of the United States. His victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Celebrations erupted in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle and Chicago where one video showed a person outside cheering and banging a pot while a child with a tambourine broke out into a dance.

Shouts of joy could also be heard in many New York City neighborhoods. In one video posted on Twitter, cars honked their horns as pedestrians lining the sidewalks clapped and cheered.

A Biden supporter cheers while driving past a Trump rally protesting the election results at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

But there were also confrontations. In a scene that might portend what is to come, a group of about 50 Trump supporters and a smaller group of marchers carrying Black Lives Matter flags converged on the Michigan State Capitol where they pushed, shoved and shouted at one another in a tense standoff. But within moments of the race being called, a few from both sides broke into prayers and at least one pair hugged.

So far, though, celebrations and revelry were carrying the day.

People celebrate in Philadelphia, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

In Brooklyn, several hundred people were heard erupting in cheers and dancing in the streets and the air was filled with honking horns. There also was a banging of pots and pans. One car stopped in the middle of the street outside Barclays Center and the driver got out and jumped on the hood of his car, motioning for people to come into the street; the car was soon swarmed by people cheering.

People celebrate outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

In the nation's capital, people streamed into Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House, waving, singing and taking cellphone pictures.

The Associated Press contributed to the story.