According to NBC News, protest organizers are reporting that as many as 800,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., on Saturday for the anti-gun violence rally “March For Our Lives.”
Rebecca Shabad, a congressional reporter for NBC News, tweeted that “March for Our Lives” officials told her the estimate around 3 p.m. Saturday.
D.C. metropolitan police have not yet released their approximate crowd size.
The current estimate of “March for Our Lives” attendees vastly exceeds most estimates of Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd size. The Washington Post estimated in 2017 that around 600,000 people attended Trump’s inauguration.
A satellite camera captured photos showing the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Washington, D.C., for the rally. The aerial images show a sea of people packed onto Pennsylvania Avenue, the street leading from the Capitol to the White House, causing road closures throughout downtown D.C. along the National Mall.
Other cities across the country including Boston, Chicago, Houston and New York City saw crowds numbering in the tens of thousands marching in protest of gun violence and demanding action on gun laws.
The “March for Our Lives” rallies also prompted demonstrators to put together a varied collection of posters and signs, offering pointed criticisms of politicians, the National Rifle Association and the nation’s gun policies.
Here are some notable signs:
Hillary Clinton cheered on the March for Our Lives rally in a tweet Saturday.
“Listening to the students from Parkland and across the country today is a reminder of what is possible when our future is in the right hands, and when we match inspiration with determination,” the former secretary of state tweeted.
Former President Barack Obama also applauded the rally attendees, encouraging the protesters to “keep at it.”
“Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today’s marches happen. Keep at it. You’re leading us forward. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change,” Obama tweeted.
One of the most heartbreaking parts of the Washington, D.C. march was when thousands of protesters sang “Happy Birthday” for one of the parkland high school shooting victims, on what would have been his 18th birthday.
Samantha Fuentes asked the crowd in D.C., estimated by organizers to have reached 800,000, to sing in honor of Nicholas Dworet’s birthday.
Dworet was one of 17 people killed on Feb. 14 inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
His classmates organized the “March for Our Lives” rally in D.C. to advocate for gun control.
“Thank you. Stay beautiful,” Fuentes said as the song ended.
Fuentes, who was wounded in the shooting, finished her speech despite getting sick onstage while overcome with emotion.
Parkland survivor Samantha Fuentes leads the DC #MarchForOurLives crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Nicholas Dworet, who died in the shooting. He would have been 18 today. pic.twitter.com/6muHItTifd
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