Last year participants turned out in historic numbers for the Women’s March on Washington, with an estimated crowd of at least 500,000 on the National Mall as well as millions marching in solidarity around the world.
However at this year’s anniversary march, the turnout will likely be significantly smaller. According to a National Park Service permit, organizers March Forward Virginia expect 5,500 people to gather at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the meeting point for ralliers.
“We’re expecting for the speakers and the rally to be about an hour and a half long,” said co-organizer Reagan Flaherty. “Not four hours stuck body-to-body as we’ve experienced before.”
The event begins at 11 AM on Saturday with a lineup of speakers including Kofi Annan and US Senator Tim Kaine. The march begins at 1:15 PM. Pussy hats and clever feminist signs are welcome.