PORTLAND — An estimated crowd of 200 people from the Portland area participated in a nationwide gathering against offshore drilling.

Protesters gathered at East End Beach and joined hands at noon Saturday as part of a national Hands Across the Sand day of action. Similar events were held across the country to show opposition to offshore drilling and support for clean energy in the wake of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hands Across the Sand was founded in October 2009 and is endorsed by several environmental organizations.