HOUSTON (KTRK) --While President Donald Trump was inaugurated over 1,000 miles away, Houstonians on both sides of the political spectrum sounded off.
At watch parties around the city, Trump supporters cheered as the 45th president finished the Oath of Office.
There was clapping and plenty of smiles at a watch party at Luling City Market as Trump voters finally got their chance to see their candidate become president.
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The self-described "deplorables" say they didn't miss a single moment of what seemed to many to be improbable.
"I'm feeling great, I'm feeling very optimistic, I am feeling very hopeful," said Terry Agris.
Fellow Trump supporters believe that sense of optimism can be found across Houston and Texas and across the country.
"I think that everybody is really appreciative of Obama going out the back door and Trump is coming in the front door," said Charley Johnson.
Some Trump voters were even moved to tears during the inauguration speech, saying they see brighter days ahead for the nation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Houstonians gathered downtown to protest the inauguration festivities.
They marched peacefully through the streets of downtown. One group even beat up a Trump piñata to show their disapproval with his inauguration.
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"My fear is that it's going to stop all the progress that we've had so far," explained protester Flor Hoilo.
Many were worried about their immigration status.
"Any second starting today, I could go back to being fully undocumented," explained protester Cesar Espinosa, who currently has a temporary work permit. "It's not only important to fight for myself, but it's important to fight for my community."
"It's 2017, we do not have time for this anymore," said protester Katie Tyler.
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