Organizers: 175,000 people turned out for Seattle Women's March
SEATTLE - Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets Saturday for an over three-mile march across Seattle.
Numbers released by march organizers early Sunday morning estimate that at least 175,000 people participated in 'Womxn's March on Seattle.'
Initial numbers from organizers estimated only 50,000 to 75,000, about three times fewer people.
The march was an act of solidarity with the Women's March on Washington D.C., which drew crowds of up to a million, according to some estimates.
Seattle's march started at Judkins Park and ended at Seattle Center in Queen Anne.
Multiple Seattle and Washington state officials made appearances, including Mayor Ed Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee.
"This is about being welcome and opening,” Murray said. “That’s Seattle’s message. A very different message than we saw yesterday.”
Many local businesses say the march bought in big crowds, keeping servers, bartenders and baristas extremely busy for hours.
Marches and rallies in Spokane, Portland, and Boise, Idaho, also drew thousands.
All marches were peaceful.
Some photos were contributed by local photographer Lydia Yekalam.