The March Portion Of Chicago’s Women’s Rally Was Cancelled Due To Large Crowds

Police and event organizers cancelled the march portion of the event citing large crowds as a safety hazard.

January 21, 2017

The Chicago Women's March that was scheduled to take place Saturday after the planned rally has been cancelled, according to ABC 7, a local news station.

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The rally, which began at 10 a.m. at Grant Park in downtown Chicago, was supposed to be followed with a march through the city at 11:30 a.m. However, police and event organizers had to cancel that portion of the event after 150,000 people showed up, greatly exceeding the 20,000 that was expected and making Chicago's march the largest women's march outside of the main event in Washington D.C.

Event organizer Ann Scholhamer told the crowd, "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," according to reports from the Chicago Tribune. The rally, which is now underway, can be livestreamed via ABC 7 here. Check out photos and videos of the turnout below.


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The March Portion Of Chicago’s Women’s Rally Was Cancelled Due To Large Crowds