Almost a year to the day after the 2017 edition, thousands of people took to the streets of NYC once more on Saturday (1/20) for the 2018 Women's March. 72nd St and Central Park West was this year's official starting point, but streets were clogged with marchers blocks away, who eventually made their way south toward Columbus Circle before dispersing at 6th Ave and 43rd, 44th, and 45th streets. Columbus Circle was a particular hub of activity, given its proximity to Trump International Hotel & Tower, and it also attracted a very small group of counter protestors. (They were totally dwarfed in number by marchers.) Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, "beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months." Had he been present at the hotel that bears his name, though, he wouldn't have been able to mistake the chants of "shame!" and "hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go," which rose distinctly in volume as marchers neared the hotel. Nor could he have missed knots of marchers pausing to take selfies of themselves flipping the bird at the building.

Like last year's march, people of all ages and genders came out, bearing signs ranging in tone from funny to informative to angry; popular topics included the #MeToo movement, the current government shutdown, Trump's rumored fear of sharks, his alleged "shithole" comment, and DACA. I passed a couple impromptu dance parties to Beyonce and Robyn songs along the route, as well as a few people in Handmaid costumes and a few elaborate pussy-inspired sculptures; the ubiquitous pink pussy hats also made a return, with many marchers sporting them. Check out pictures of the NYC Women's March in the gallery above.

Besides NYC, Women's Marches are also happening throughout the world this weekend. The main event this year, Women’s March Anniversary: Power To The Polls happens in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday (1/21), and it's streaming live. Participants in the Las Vegas event include Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards, Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, and executive director of Anna Galland.

UPDATE: Check out pictures from the 2018 Women's March in Chicago, where attendance this year exceeded last year, and musicians, including Yoko Ono, Neil Young, and Best Coast who participated in Women's Marches, as well.


photos by Amanda Hatfield

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