Hundreds of Mississippians took part in the Tax Day 'Tea Party' at the state Capitol to protest high taxes, too much federal spending and government waste.
Protesters waved flags and signs and cheered speakers.
Federal and state officials say their message will be heard loud and clear in Washington.
"You cannot spend too much and borrow too much and tax too much and then pass a budget that will double the national debt in five years," said Cong. Gregg Harper of Mississippi's third congressional district.
"The real challenge now is to go forward, go from the 15th on, and to make this inertia, this movement, this energy go forward for at least another two, three, four years, and to take back this country," said Sen/ Chris McDaniel of Ellisville.
The rally was mostly a grassroots effort, using social networking sites on the Internet to let Mississippians know what was taking place.