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March Overflowed National Park Service Permit Space Designed for 100,000 People; Extended for 20 blocks along Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall
Washington, DC — Over 150,000 people have joined the Peoples Climate March in D.C. while tens of thousands more are taking part at marches across the country, according to mobilization organizers.
The crowd far exceeded organizer expectations. In D.C., National Park Service gave the march a permit for 100,000 people, designating a space from 6th St. and Pennsylvania Avenue, down 3rd St., and down Jefferson Avenue to 7th St.
By 1:00pm, the march had clearly exceeded the space by over a dozen blocks, running 20 blocks from 14th and Pennsylvania all the back to the beginning of the march at 7th. Organizers estimated the total crowd to be over 150,000, with thousands more joining as the day progressed.
Numbers are still coming in from over 350 sister marches taking place across the country and around the world, but early counts from marches in Asia, Europe, and up and down the East Coast of the United States put the numbers well into the tens of thousands.
“We’re blown away by the numbers,” said Paul Getsos, the Peoples Climate Movement National Coordinator. “We like to say ‘to change everything, we need everyone’ and everyone is showing up. This movement for climate, jobs and justice will only grow stronger.”
Photos from the march are available on here.