CLEVELAND — Thousands of people are expected to gather at Public Square in downtown Cleveland on Saturday for the 2019 Women's March as part of a wave of marches happening across the country.
Organizers said marchers should gather at Public Square at 10:30 a.m. followed by a rally at 11:00 a.m. and a march at 12 p.m.
A special program will take place at 1 p.m. following the march at Old Stone Church on Public Square. Among the speakers will be Susan Bro, whose daughter was killed by a white nationalist from Ohio in Charlottesville, Virginia and Samaria Rice, who became an activist after her 12-year-old son Tamir Rice was killed by a Cleveland police officer.
Things to keep in mind during the march:
- No signs with sticks or posts as requested by police
- No weapons.
- Do not engage with protesters
- Clean up any trash or signs in the streets and in Public Square
What the weather will be like?
While there is still uncertainty about a major weekend winter storm and how it will affect residents across Northeast Ohio, we can expect the possibility of snow with a temperatures in the low 20s, peaking with a high near 30 degrees in the afternoon.
As of Tuesday, more than 1,200 people RSVP-ed to the event's Facebook page in addition to the more than 6,200 people who showed interest in going to the event.
Traffic and road closures
The City of Cleveland said they will release road closures and traffic changes impacting the public on Wednesday. News 5 will update the story once this information is provided.
The story of the Women's March began after Donald Trump's election in 2016, calling for women to rally across the country, according to The Washington Post. It started in D.C. with a massive rally, with more than 600 cities across the country hosting marches of their own. There will be seven marches held across Ohio on Saturday.