More than 1 million people gathered in Washington and in cities around the country and the world Saturday to set up a roaring replica for President Trump's inauguration. What began as a Facebook post by a retired Hawaii wurde the unprecedented international disapproval of a new president has made cities packed large and small - from London to Los Angeles, Paris from Park City, Utah, Miami to Melbourne, Australia.
Organizers of the Women's March in Washington, originally seeking a license for a 200,000 rally, said on Saturday that up to half a million people participated.
Many in the country's capital and other cities Said theywere inspired to join Due to Trump's division campaign and its depreciation of women, minorities and immigrants. In signs and cries, they mocked what they characterized as Trump's vulgar language and sexist behavior.
The marches provided a balm to those eager to delve into a sea of like-minded citizens who shared their anxiety and disappointment after the historic offer of Democrat Hillary Clinton to the presidency ended in defeat.
"We just want to make surethat we're heard," said Mona Osuchukwu, 27, native DC. "I want her to knowthat she has a voice," she said about her 3-year-old daughter, Chioma, that's what with her on the march. "It does not matter what anyone says to her, especially love as a black woman in America."
The Washington rally has been expanded by gatherings around the world, with march organizers listing more than 670 events across the country and abroad in cities such as Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Mexico City, Berlin and Yellowknife in the Norwegian Territories. Canada, where the temperature was 6 degrees below zero.
In Chicago, the demonstration was crushed by its own size, after 150,000 demonstrators flooded the downtown blocks. He forced officials to reduce their planned march, though thousands of demonstrators still paraded around the Loop. In Boston, police estimated a meeting of 125,000 people. In Los Angeles, officials temporarily closed some side streets to accommodate the crowds.
"We are doing our best to make it easier because they are squeezing on every street now," said Captain Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department.
New York, Miami, Denver and Seattle also had huge meetings.
In Juneau, Alaska, a man marveled that the crowd was the largest he had ever seen on the steps of the Capitol. In Philadelphia, protesters filled the city's bridges. In Lexington, Kentucky, they closed the streets. In New Orleans, the participants played instruments of.
The fear - and the rage - of Trump's rise to the most powerful position in the United States reverberated in renowned protest sites around the world, from the Trocadero in Paris to Trafalgar Square in London.
A view from the top of the Washington Monument shows large crowds near the National Mall attending the Women's March in Washington. (The Washington Post)
Marina Knight, a 43-year-old executive assistant, and her 9-year-old daughter were two of the tens of thousands marching in London.
"This is your first march," Knight said, referring to his daughter. "It's the first time we felt it was vital to march. I feel the rights we take for granted could go back, and we owe it to our daughters and the next generation to somehow repair it."
In the United States, crowds marched in time ranging from mild to snowy. But common to all encounters was the fiery rhetoric, pink knit hats, and repeated references to pride that offended so many women: Trump's infamous recorded comments in 2005 on groping female genitalia.
Among the thousands of signs that protesters poured out at the end of the day in front of the Trump International Hotel, a few blocks from their new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave: "P --- and Power" and "This P --- and Bites Back. " Demonstrators came as close as possible to the presidential mansion, crammed metal barriers less than a block away, while police and Secret Service personnel watched closely.
Demonstrators came to Washington from all over the country, sometimes sleeping on the couches of people they had never met. From 4 pm on Saturday, Metro recorded more than 597,000 trips, a weekend ridership record. In comparison, from 4 pm on the opening day, there were 368 thousand trips. The city issued about 1,800 bus parking permits for the march, and Amtrak added extra trains inside and outside the Union Station.
The huge crowd charmed the iconic feminist Gloria Steinem, 82, who was among the first orators. "This is the downside of the downside," she exulted. "This is a spill of democracy like I've never seen in my long life."
Clinton did not participate in the march, but tweeted his gratitude: "Thank you for standing up, talking and marching for our @womensmarch values." As important as ever, I truly believe we are always stronger together. "
The size of the meeting proved to be challenging. The sound of the sound system did not come at all in the massive crowd, and many more portable toilets were needed.
When the bathrooms behind the stage broke, security instructed women to use cups and carried them in a box truck for privacy.
"I'm afraid to shake anyone's hand," joked a woman.
Although the demonstrators were mainly women and whites, men and people of color also joined the crowds.
John Fischer, a 34-year-old locksmith from Grand Rapids, Mich., Drove more than nine hours with his wife, Kara Eagle.
I am here to support my wife, "Fischer said." I do not care who you are, women impact your life, and there is no reason why they should not have the same rights as men. "
Cynthia English, a 61-year-old Jamaican American living in Florida, said she wants the new president to know that women will be struggling during their presidency to ensure that the country and the laws treat them equally. She was with her daughter and marching to her two granddaughters, hoping that no future president would feel comfortable making lascivious remarks about women.
"I do not want this to happen to them in 20 years, so I'm making my mark now," said English, who asked himself, "Why are we bringing people into this world, and being treated the worst? We should be treated with respect. "
The crowd was lively, even cheerful. Many showed signs - "I Am Very Upset!" And "Love Trumps Hate" and "Bridges Not Walls" - while others took videos of the experience on their cell phones. Every few minutes, a rolling roar swept through them.
Police said they did not make arrests related to March, compared with more than 200 on Friday, when demonstrators created chaos in central Washington.
March organizers briefly considered suspending Ellipse's formal march for concern that the crowd had grown too large to sail safely along the route to the White House. But the orators soon told the protesters they had left.
Lorraine LaHuta, 66, who came to the New York City March, said that sometimes she was not sure where to go but that she never felt chaotic. "It was an organized disorganization that worked very well," she said.
Judith Snyder-Wagner, a 67-year-old fundraising consultant, came because she felt a shift in the blue-collar rural community near Canton, Ohio, where she lives with her wife, Joy. A neighbor cut a piece of grass along his property line and put a Trump sign in front of his house. Someone recently drove through the neighborhood flying a Confederate flag.
"We're afraid," she said, her voice shaking. She was limping on the sidewalk on Independence Avenue. She had her knee and hip replaced, and she held a staff in one hand and a placard in the other. "We just feel like we're going to lose our civil rights."
The couple boarded a bus at 1 am Saturday in Ohio and would return home less than 24 hours later. "We needed to feel inspired," Joy Snyder-Wagner said, looking around. "And we do."
Trump's election was the wake-up call that progressives needed, said Erin Edlow, 28, the young association director for Democrats in Virginia Beach. She was in town with her sister to demonstrate her support for the rights of immigrants and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
"Democracy is not a spectator sport," Edlow said.
The march has turned into a star-studded event, with celebrities such as Madonna, Janelle Monae, Scarlett Johansson and Ashley Judd making appearances. Mayor D. Muriel E. Bowser (D) introduced herself as a proud "chick's mayor" and begged the Republican majority in Congress to stop meddling in local District law.
Activist filmmaker Michael Moore tore a copy of The Washington Post in half, noticing the headline "Trump takes over" and declaring, "I do not think so." The actress America Ferrera said that "our new president is waging war" Values that define the country with "a creed of fear of hatred and suspicion of each other."
"It's been a painful time to be a woman and an immigrant," said Ferrera, whose parents are from Honduras. "Our dignity, our character, our rights were attacked."
"But the president is not America," she said. "We are America."
As the march grew in prominence, it highlighted long racial and political rifts in the feminist movement. The initial organizers were white women - a group that voted for Trump in November - although they quickly gave their leadership to a diverse group of New York-based organizers.
They embraced a liberal agenda in danger, in stark contrast to much of what Trump presented for his presidency. The gait platform focused on issues such as workers' rights, reproductive rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights, ending violence against women and more.
But a group of women who oppose abortion also came, begging the greater march to recognize their variety of feminism. If we include the conservative point of view generated controversy in the days before the event. Pro-life activists said they were excluded.
Siobhan Rooney, 32, traveled from Philadelphia on Saturday morning to march for women's rights. For her, this includes the rights of fetuses.
"We're on the same page on so many issues. It's just that," she said.
Teresa Shook, who is in her 60s, was on hand to marvel at what emerged from her original proposal for a March in a November Facebook post. The grandmother of four people from outside Honolulu accepted hug and then hug as the crowd arose around her.
"This is the woman who came up with the idea for today's march," one woman said. "Thank you!" Shouted another.