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Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are hosting the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, but they aren't the only ones planning to use humor to make a point this weekend. Local groups are bringing their own sense of satire to the event.

The rally has local groups following suit, literally. Many are dressing up to get their messages across.

"So we're going to have a few people dress up as hippos to emphasize the hypocrisy of taxation without representation," says Ilir Zherka, who heads the advocacy group DC Vote.

Those hippos will carry signs reading: "Be Sane, Let DC Vote."

And at this rally, some birds of a feather will flock together--at least for members of the group Human Rights First.

"We are encouraging people to dress in yellow shirts and wear our chicken beaks...It is sort of the Colbert tongue-and-cheek," says Dixon Osburn, director of the group's Law and Security Program.

Their message: "Fight fear with facts."

"The conversation around closing Guantanamo and fighting terrorist suspects in federal court has been met with constant fear-mongering, rather than with the facts," Osburn says.

Members of Osburn's group plan to march together to the rally. Some nearby roads will be closed to allow these chickens to cross safely to the other side.

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