A sea of activists have been seen in cities across the country January 20 & 21, as people from all walks of life mark the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March. Hundreds of thousands of people across the United States (and the world) are taking part in the Women’s March “Power to the Polls” this weekend. Sister events are being held in at least 250 locations around the country on January 20 and January 21, while a “keynote event” takes place in Las Vegas on Sunday. But just how many people are attending these events? The numbers are still coming in, and this story will be updated as more details are known. Attendance in some of the bigger cities isn’t as high as it was last year, but participants in smaller cities have told Heavy that the numbers seem larger in their locations, so it seems that many people are gathering in their local regions instead this year. The mood this year felt more determined and hopeful, as activists geared up to encourage people to register to vote and participate in the political process. People are eagerly sharing their experiences all across social media. If you attended one of the rallies, let us know what your experience was like in the comments below.
In New York City, at least 85,000 people marched, but the estimated count is expected to increase. According to ABC 7, a confirmed count as of Saturday morning was at 85,000, but at least 100,000 had expressed interest on Facebook. Many people believe that the count is going to increase significantly by the end of the day.
Today in Richmond, Virginia, more than 1,000 people marched as part of the event.
In Chicago, the march attendance actually exceeded last year’s march. This year, at least 300,000 people participated in the march. Last year, attendance was estimated at 250,000, the Chicago Tribune reported.
In D.C., at least 12,000 had RSVP’d on Facebook that they planned to attend 21,000 had noted that they were interested in the event. The turnout was significant, but it was less than last year, which drew nearly 500,000 people, WUSA-9 reported. This may be because the march was focused on DC last year, and this year the anniversary event is focused in Las Vegas tomorrow.
In Los Angeles, the mayor estimated that 500,000 people participated this year, CBS reported. KTLA-5 had a helicopter downtown and estimated attendance at 400,000. (Meanwhile, Las Vegas Sun reported that 700,000 participated in LA.) Last year, organizers said about 750,000 people attended (although fire officials estimated 350,000.) You can see interviews with participants from the LA March in the video above.
In New Hampshire, more than 1,000 gathered to march outside the New Hampshire statehouse. A couple high profile speakers ended up not showing up, being unable to leave DC, but that didn’t deter the crowd.
In Seattle, tens of thousands were reported to be attending, but an exact count wasn’t yet known. From the photo above, however, you can tell that the attendance is massive. Last year, 175,000 people attended.
In Denver, thousands attended this year’s march, filling the Civic Center on Saturday morning. An official estimate isn’t yet available, but the video above shows a massive crowd.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, thousands attended to show that they’re still supporting the cause and they’re still fired up. Last year, about 10,000 people attended. This year’s attendance was estimated to be less, but still significant. The event began at First Ward Park on Seventh Street with a speaker’s forum, continuing to a march at noon that ended at Romare Bearden Park.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, more than 1,000 people were estimated to have marched downtown on Saturday. In 2017, there were 17,000 participants in Raleigh.
In Philadelphia, thousands marched today in support of women’s rights. An exact estimate isn’t yet known, but it was packed. Terry Hannan noted on Twitter: “Philadelphia came out big time… If you have any idea about the layout of Philly, the crowd is packed from the Art Museum steps all the way back to City Hall. I mean packed. Truly incredible turnout.” Many marchers wore the pink hats again, to show their continued support, but some did not wear the hats this time around because they felt they weren’t inclusive enough. The event was peaceful. There was a slight disruption early, when a social media message warning of a possible “stop and frisk” sparked some calls for protest. But the police noted that they were not planning to do random searches.
In Oakland, California, 40,000 to 50,000 gathered to march, CBS reported. Last year, an estimated 100,000 people marched. Demonstrators met at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater at 10 a.m. and began marching to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 11:30. The march was peaceful. One group wore red robes similar to The Handmaid’s Tale.
In San Francisco, 80,000 people were estimated to attend the event, NBC Bay Area reported. The speakers included San Francisco Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Sandra Lee Fewer.
In Boston, about 10,000 people participated today, the Boston Globe reported. The 10,000 estimate was the official estimate given by police. Last year’s march drew about 175,000 people, according to official estimates from the city.
In Vancouver, Canada, more than 2,000 people gathered to march in support of women, despite a downpour that might have kept others away.
In Austin, Texas, APD estimated that about 1,200 people participated in the Women’s March 2018. In the comments below, commenter Joe noted: “One Trump supporter arrested during the rally for disorderly conduct and assault.” KXAN also reported on this, noting that Austin Police confirmed there was one arrest, but the environment of the day was markedly peaceful.
In the DFW Metroplex, thousands showed up for several marches held throughout the region. The Dallas Morning News noted that today’s march in Dallas actually seemed to have a larger turnout than last year. The Dallas march started at 10 a.m. at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church on Routh Street, and demonstrators walked to Pike Park on Harry Hines. Another march was held in Fort Worth at 10 a.m., beginning at the Tarrant County Courthouse. And yet another one took place in Denton. This one began at the corner of Oak and Locust.
Camile Coyne told Heavy in the comments below: “We marched in Dallas in 2017 and this year. This year seemed much bigger! The parade’s path was almost a mile long and people arrived at the destination while others at the starting point hadn’t left yet. Everyone looked relaxed and happy and cops were laidback and looked unconcerned so it was very peaceful overall. We really had a great time!”
San Jose, California had an estimated 20,000 marchers today, one commenter let Heavy know below (and which CBS confirmed.) Organizers hope this will encourage more participation in the coming year.
In Hartford, Connecticut, around 4,000 people marched today, NBC reported. One commenter who attended noted in the comments below: “It seemed bigger than last year – perhaps more people attended the sister marches instead of going to the bigger city marches.”
In Houston, Texas, thousands gathered for the march today. An official estimate hasn’t yet been released, but organizers hoped it might actually surpass last year’s number of 22,000. About 4,600 people were registered as guests of the event, but organizers thought more might come from surrounding cities. KT, who commented below, noted: “Marched in Houston today. The numbers also seemed bigger here than last year. Certainly not smaller!”
In Alaska, people turned out in cities all across the state to participate. Commenter JWall noted below: “Over 100 in Ketchikan, Alaska. Population 10,0000.” Marches also took place in Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, and more.
About 15,000 people attended the Morristown, New Jersey march, NJ.com reported. This far surpassed the original expectations of 4,000.
In Orange County, California, 20,000 met to march, a commenter shared with Heavy below (and OCRegister confirmed.) Matt Fitt also commented below that he believed the estimated attendance. “Apparently, there we’re so many people that the front of the march had already returned to the rally site as the back of the march was just leaving!”
In Augusta, Maine, more than 2,000 people showed up to march. People of all ages and ethnicities were there, Maine Public reported. Organizer Jennifer Jones said the turnout exceeded their expectations. One commenter, Megan, noted in the comments below that she was one of the people there.
In Cleveland, Ohio, somewhere from 7,000 to 10,000 people marched downtown on Saturday. According to Ohio.com and Clevelan Inquirer, the number was 10,000, but Cleveland.com reported that the police placed the number around 7,000. That may have been less than the estimated 15,000 people from last year, but it was still a significant number.
In Hudson, New York, the event drew 2,000 to 2,500, Columbia Paper reported. This was larger than last year’s crowd of 1,200, according to police. Kate commented below that the total population in Hudson is only 6,700. The march began at 7th Street Park, and Indivisible CD 19 NY lead the event. Ten people spoke and then activists marched from Warren to Basilica Hudson on the waterfront. Voter registration was available at Basilica Hudson.
Springfield, Illinois had at least 500 at their march, although one commenter below estimated the number as being closer to 1,000. Fox Illinois reported there were “at least 500” there, marching at the Capitol. But Susan Thompson Hingle commented below that it was more than 1,000.
In Baltimore, Maryland, about 7,000 people attended the march, CBS reported. That was a bigger turnout than the 5,000 from last year. Shelly M., who marched in Baltimore, commented below: “The statements about the women’s marches being smaller than those last year due to people attending … the marches in sister cities. I was one of them. I attended the one in DC last year but this year since I live in Baltimore, I attended the one in Baltimore.”
In Sacramento, California, the attendees numbered more than 30,000, Sacramento Bee and KCRA reported. About 20,000 attended last year, so this was definitely an increase this time around. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said that the mood this year was more hopeful than last year.
In Modesto, California, about 1,200 showed up for the march, Sacramento Bee reported.
Thousands marched in Glen Falls, New York, Post Star reported. Last year about 1,500 people attended, and this year the crowds appeared larger and filled both sides of Warren Street for three blocks, the Post Star noted. Even smaller towns, like Pleasantville, New York, had marches with hundreds of participants.
In Kansas City, about 200 people attended after a local man realized, less than 24 hours ahead of time, that no one had planned an event in the city. The organizers from last year, when 5,000 attended, had said they wanted to focus on getting women elected instead this year. So Randy Fikki organized his own after his nine-year-old daughter asked him why there wouldn’t be one, KCUR reported. People who didn’t know about the KC rally ended up going to Lawrence. About 1,500 people or more gathered to march in Lawrence, Kansas.
In Rhode Island, thousands gathered on the State House lawn, ABC 6 reported.
It does indeed seem that many people chose to march in areas closer to where they live, rather than in the bigger cities, which accounts for why some of the bigger cities had a smaller turnout and smaller regions saw an increase in attendance. Debby, a women’s march activist, confirmed this when commenting below:
This story will be updated with new numbers and additional cities. If you attended a march today, let us know in the comments below. Even more events are happening tomorrow, which you can read about in Heavy’s story here.