And marchers emulated them in protests in cities across the US and abroad. As many as 1,000 protesters in Manhattan paraded to a Chase bank branch, banging drums, blowing horns and carrying signs decrying corporate greed.
"Banks got bailed out. We got sold out," the crowd chanted.
A few protesters went inside the bank to close their accounts, but the group didn't stop other customers from getting inside or seek to blockade the business.
Police told the marchers to stay on the sidewalk, and the demonstration appeared to be fairly orderly as it wound through downtown streets.
There were reports of at least some demonstrators being detained by police Saturday afternoon at a Citibank branch during the march.
The march came a day after protesters at the heart of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in New York exulted Friday after beating back a plan they said was intended to clear them from privately owned Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan where they have slept, eaten and protested for the past month.
They said their victory will embolden the movement across the US and abroad.