The Women’s March gathered in Washington, D.C., on Saturday is too large to continue its planned march toward the White House.
“They are going to tell the crowd they can go to the Ellipse if they want, but they are not doing the normal parade route, there [are] too many people,” Christopher Geldart, director of D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, told The Washington Post.
The crowd for the march was originally estimated to be about 200,000, but organizers on Saturday said the turnout ended up being about 500,000, according to the Associated Press.
It was one of a number of marches across the country on Saturday, a day after President Trump’s inauguration. Other cities also had major crowding due to large numbers of demonstrators.
In Chicago, demonstrators’ formal march Saturday was cancelled due to high turnout, while a rally was slated to continue.
“Our march route is flooded. There is no safe way to march. We are just going to sing and dance and make our voices heard here,” an organizer told some of the rally attendees, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Remember, just 250,000 showed up for Trump’s inauguration.
Crowd count is in:
Trump 2017: 250,000
Obama 2013: 1,000,000
Obama 2009: 1,800,000#Inauguration
— Dan Gross (@DanJGross) January 20, 2017
Take a look at the photos:
Here’s an image of the National Mall during Trump’s inaugural address, taken from the National Park Service’s EarthCam on the Washington Monument at 12:09 pm ET on Friday, right around when the swearing-in began:
And here’s the Mall today at noon ET, about one hour before the Women’s March was scheduled to start.