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Tampa, Florida -- We didn't just survive our week of convention hosting. By most accounts, we nailed it. Now it's Charlotte's turn.

And they have something to worry about that we didn't: Charlotte is America's second largest financial center behind New York City.

That status is expected to draw the attention of thousands of protesters.

Security is now on display in Charlotte as it was here in Tampa, with officers wheeling through the streets on bikes and others forming human walls.

Although they're doing it without Tampa's more militaristic khaki uniforms -- officers in Charlotte for the DNC have been wearing their traditional dark blue attire.

The area around the city's Time Warner Cable Arena has that same lockdown feel as our Tampa Bay Times Forum. But the secure area is notably larger, with a 100-block security zone in place.

Still, there's a push to get normal folks into the city with a free, non-partisan party called CarolinaFest all day Monday.

Around 800 protesters already hit the streets Sunday.

Chanting "banks got bailed out -- we got sold out," they marched past towering bank buildings. They argued banks haven't done enough to stop foreclosures and have profited at the expense of average Americans.

Police there have clearly learned from Tampa's success. Officers showed firm friendliness, plus some flexibility, and made just two arrests.

President Obama is passing through swing states and storm-damaged Louisiana on his way to the Democratic National Convention, which starts Tuesday.

He's hoping the event will help him land North Carolina's 15 electoral votes on November 6th. That's is exactly two months after he accepts his party's nomination Thursday night.

While Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party nomination on a stage that had been expanded overnight inside the Forum, the President will be speaking on a whole new stage Thursday.

As he did in Denver four years ago, Obama will speak in the city's football stadium. The move opens up attendance to members of the public, in addition to delegates and reporters.

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