Crowd size seems to be the name of the game right now, and today's March for Life event was no exception. It looks like this year had a huge attendance again. In the past, the March for Life has drawn crowds that nearly rivaled the Women's March. For example, an estimated 650,000 attended a huge March for Life rally in D.C. in 2013. In previous years, numbers ranged around 400,000. According to The Washington Post, this year's event was likely to draw hundreds of thousands of participants, similar to previous years. A more exact estimate isn't yet available as of the time of publication, but we will add the number once it is. (A very early version of this story erroneously put the number at 20,000, which was actually the attendance at the very first March for Life event.)
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Cardinal Timothy Doland, and Sen. Jodi Ernst were among the people who spoke during the rally, to an excited and enthusiastic crowd. Other "sister rallies" took place in other parts of the nation.
If you look specifically at comparing crowd size, this event was not estimated to be quite as big as the Women's March or Trump's inauguration, but it still had a very sizable attendance. Organizers told The Washington Post that they didn't expect to match the Women's March or the inauguration attendance, but they did expect hundreds of thousands to show up. The Women's March on Washington was attended by an estimated 485,000 people last Saturday. Although many people are angered by this number, it is the widely accepted attendance. Here's an article by Vox about it and here is Heavy's article. And the numbers for Trump's inauguration ranged from 600,000 to 900,000. One expert, speaking to Vox, said Trump's inauguration attendance was "pretty average" and about at third of Obama's first inauguration. With Obama's being widely accepted as 1.8 million, that would put Trump's at around 600,000. A couple unverified sources contacted Heavy claiming the numbers were even lower than that, but we could not confirm those claims. So when looking at the events from this past week, all the events were quite large in their own right.
Back in 2013, 650,000 people were estimated to have attended the March for Life in D.C. But the biggest win in crowd size still goes to President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009, with an estimated 1.8 million attending. Other similarly large events included a March for Women's Lives in 2004, with an estimated attendance of 500,000 to 1.15 million, a Million Moms March in 2000 with an estimated attendance of 750,000, and an anti-Vietnam protest in 1969 with an estimated attendance of 600,000.
Click through the gallery to see more photos of the crowd size from today's March for Life in D.C., and then continue through the gallery to compare it to crowd sizes for the inauguration and the Women's March that happened this week. We will update this story when more exact crowd estimates are available. (Getty)