Give or take a thousand. (Update: or 10,000. Latest Seattle police estimate is 130,00!) (Update 1/23: latest estimate is 200,00!)
“So bad, even introverts are here.” That sign seen in a photo from the DC march sums it up for me. I don’t like crowds. This was not the first march in which I’ve participated but it was by far the largest. Early estimates on the 4pm local news were 120,000 completely peaceful participants.
Our local public radio’s website wrote: “The front reached Seattle Center (the end) before the back had left Judkins Park (the start). That’s a distance of a 3.6 miles.”
Except for a few religious zealots yelling at us, the crowd was relatively quiet and very up beat. I found it a rather joyous atmosphere despite the reason that brought us out.
It was a challenge getting there. Transit park and ride lot was full so I had to seek other options and then bus it over to the station. Then the light rail train was really full. Still, I got to my destination at Westlake in plenty of time.
I decided to use this trip to make a quick investigation of a nearby location for a future sketch outing. Since it was relatively empty, I grabbed a quick sandwich there, too.
By the time I got back to Westlake the march had nearly arrived. The side walks were 10 deep in people. I watched for at least one and a half hours and never saw the end of the marchers! I decided I didn’t need to join for the last mile walk up to Seattle Center. I was a little over whelmed by the vast numbers.
Several local Urban Sketchers planned to sketch reportage the March. I texted with Tina. But I found Frances and AJ at Westlake. They’d been sketching while I was on my scouting mission. I did a couple quick sketches, walked around some more and then made my way home.
Oh, and my sign was from This NASW (National Assoc. of Social Workers) and said, “Social Workers for Social Justice”. I had some positive reactions. (ugh, my hat is crooked).