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Opening Day

Cora Cole-McFadden, a delegate from North Carolina, celebrates her arrival at the Fleet Center in Boston, site of the 2004 Democratic National Convention. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
The Kerry-Okies -- from left, Kathy North, Cerita Morley, Debbie Hogue-Downing and Lisa Pryor -- are delegates from Oklahoma. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Majestic Magnate, left, from Harris County, Texas, and Isela Castanon-Williams from El Paso, Texas, demonstrate the diversity of their state’s delegation. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Betsy Wells, a delegate from Kings Mountain, N.C., celebrates the opening of the convention. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Convention Chair Bill Richardson and Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe call the convention to order. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Former President Jimmy Carter does an interview with CNN before the start of the convention. (Mark Boster / LAT)
The 2004 Democratic National Convention opened this afternoon with the presentation of colors. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Gayorgiahne E. Fridman, a California delegate from Stockton, with her Bill and Hillary Clinton dolls. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Florida Democratic Party chair Scott Maddox: “We are a little leery of electronic machines here in Florida, but we got it to go,” after logging into the computer that will cast his delegation’s vote. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Florida delegates hoist a banner showing their lingering feelings about the last presidential election. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Former President Jimmy Carter waves before speaking at the convention. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, bid farewell to the crowd at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Bloggers have their own section in the Fleet Center as they track the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. (Don Bartletti / LAT)