Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Washington, DC, many arriving as early as 4am, to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis.

Crowds anxiously await the arrival of Pope Francis.

Crowds waiting for the Papal Parade to begin look over to the White House, where President Obama held a State Arrival Ceremony for Pope Francis before his private meeting with him.

Everyone has their cameras at ready as the Pope Mobile nears.

Cameras are ready as the Popemobile nears. The parade around Washington DC’s Ellipse lasted 12 minutes.

After the parade some rest after hours of waiting for the fleeting moment of seeing Pope Francis.

Hours of waiting took a toll on some bystanders.

Vendors frantically hawk their leftover T-shirts to a departing crowd.

Vendors frantically hawked their leftover T-shirts to a departing crowd.

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