PORTLAND, Maine — Hundreds of jubilant people gathered in Monument Square Saturday afternoon as most major news outlets proclaimed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the winners in this year’s hotly contested presidential race. It follows more than four days of ballot counting in several swing states.

Decision Desk HQ, the Bangor Daily News’ election partner, projected Biden and Harris the victors on Friday.

Biden is expected to address the nation tonight at 8 p.m.

Celebrants in Portland sang, danced, waved signs and beat on pots and pans. Cars, trucks and motorcycles paraded up and down Congress Street, horns blaring. Peace signs waggled and flags fluttered out windows and sunroofs.

One woman sat atop a blue car draped in a Salvadoran flag while another marched around the square with a giant rainbow banner on a pole. A man on a skateboard skimmed the front of the crowd, handing out high fives.

A couple embraced, then pulled down their masks and kissed while tearing up.

Women dance and sing in Portland’s Monument Square on Saturday afternoon while celebrating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ presumed presidential win. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN
A man and woman wave signs from a car on Congress Street in Portland on Saturday afternoon after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were named victors in the presidential race by most news outlets. Hundreds of people gathered downtown, honking horns and waving signs. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN
Hundreds of celebrating cars parade up and down Portland’s Congress Street on Saturday afternoon as most news outlets declared Joe Biden and Kamala Harris victors in this year’s presidential race. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN
A man on a skateboard hands out high fives while passing a crowd of people celebrating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ presumed presidential victory in Portland’s Monument Square on Saturday. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN
A couple embrace while celebrating Joe Biden and Kama Harris’ unofficial presidential victory on in Portland on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of cars paraded, honking horns and waving signs, as well. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN
Hundreds of people gather in Portland’s Monument Square on Saturday afternoon to celebrate Jo Biden and Kamala Harris’ presumed presidential victory. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN
A boy sticks his head out of a car in downtown Portland to celebrate Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN
Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.