Updated at 7:22 a.m. on February 14.
The Wardman Park Marriott, where the Conservative Political Action Conference is hosted, is filled to the brim with colorful characters, swag and posters. Click through to get a taste.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offered pointed criticisms of President Obama in his morning speech on Saturday, Feb. 12, the last day of CPAC.
Read more: Barbour Blasts Obama; Mum on WH Bid
CORRECTION: The original version of this gallery misstated the location of CPAC.
Political commentator and Web publisher Andrew Breitbart speaking on Saturday, Feb. 12.
Statues of President Obama sitting on top of clocks counting down to the last day of his current administration are for sale at the Conservative Political Action Conference. A dozen potential Republican presidental hopefuls are set to address CPAC, the biggest gathering of conservative activists in the country.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was the first likely presidential contender to address the crowd at CPAC.
A representative from Young Americans for Liberty pushes small American flags into a board indicating support for potential presidential candidates.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's speech this year was a marked improvement over the one he delivered last year.
Not everyone at CPAC is enthralled by the straw poll contenders.
Rep. Ron Paul commanded quite an audience, receiving the loudest applause of any speaker on CPAC's second day.
Read more: Ron Paul: The CPAC Rock Star
Others were set on their favorites, like Chris Cassone, a tea party activist and CPAC performer is a fan of Sarah Palin, who did not attend the conference. (But her doppleganger did.)
Participants talk with a representatives from GOProud, an organization that represents gay conservatives and their allies. Many conservative organizations, including Heritage Foundation and the Media Research Center, did not attend CPAC because GOProud was accepted as a sponsor. (See our gallery on the big names who sat this CPAC out.)
If he has presidential ambitions, South Dakota Sen. John Thune hid them well at this year's CPAC.
Read more: Thune Keeps 'Em Guessing
Images of former President Reagan were pervasive during at the conference.
A man shows his dislike for what Donald Trump is saying at CPAC on Thursday. Trump, who is entertaining the idea of a presidential bid, said in his speech that crowd favorite Ron Paul is not electable.
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at CPAC on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty greets the crowd after speaking at CPAC on Friday.
Lindsey Boerma, Cameron Joseph, and Theresa Poulson contributed