Tens Of Thousands Expected At Seattle Women's March Saturday

Jan 21, 2017

One day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, women’s rights demonstrations are unfolding across the nation Saturday. 

Seattle's women's march is expected to be the third largest in the country, after similar events in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. That’s not surprising for a city where Trump won just 8 percent of the vote.

Organizers expect around 50,000 people. Participants are gathering in Judkins Park around 10 a.m. and beginning the 3.5-mile march to Seattle Center around 11 a.m.

The march will move along the following route, according to a news release from the city's Office of Economic Development:

North on 20th Avenue South

West on South Jackson Street

North on 4th Avenue

West on Denny Way

North on 2nd Avenue North to Seattle Center

Most of the march is supposed to unfold in silence, in a nod to the silent marches of the civil rights era. But demonstrators plan to start chanting in the last half-mile before they reach Seattle Center.

It’s called a women’s march, but organizers say they aim to draw attention to the fears and frustrations of all groups concerned about Trump’s presidency.

The 'x' in the march's title, the Womxn's March on Seattle, is meant as a show of solidarity with the trans community, organizers said.

Seattle officials say to expect traffic delays. In a news release, the city's Office of Economic Development encouraged residents to shop in the Chinatown-International District, where the march could disrupt commerce in the lead-up to the Lunar New Year, an important time for businesses in the neighborhood.