Will there be food vendors and place to buy water?
There will be food trucks with food for purchase.
Are backpacks allowed?
Please note all bags may be subject to search. Backpacks are not permitted. Bags should be no larger than 8”x6”x4”. Specifically for people who would like to bring meals, each marcher is permitted one additional 12”x12”x6” plastic or gallon bag. For marchers who have medical needs or for mothers who need baby bags or breast pumps, one clear bag or backpack no larger than 17"x12"x6" will be permitted and subject to search (colored transparent bags are not permitted). Do not bring anything that can be construed as a weapon, including signage with any kind of handle (e.g. a wooden stick). We recommend also checking with your bus company if your bus will be secured during the march and if you can leave larger belongings in the bus, rather than carrying them all day.
Will the rally be first?
We will have a rally program at 10am prior to marching. It will take place at starting point will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol.
What time will the actual march begin?
The march will begin after the rally program. The exact time we will start marching depends on the end of the program.
Will the March be organized by state?
State efforts are coordinated independently of the national organizers. Please find information on your state organizers here.
What does the route look like? Is it really more of a march than a rally?
The day will consist of both a rally and a march. Our organizers are working to set the final details on the parade route, including the end point.
I am concerned about the diversity of the speakers and entertainment at the march. Is there a line-up of confirmed participants?
This march is organized to advocate for equity for all women, and their civil and human rights. The team of organizers and volunteers are committed to ensuring that the march reflects women and femme expressive people of all backgrounds.
What can we not bring with us?
The following items will not be permitted:
- Animals other than helper/guide dogs
- Bags exceeding size restrictions (8"x6"x4")
- Bicycles (restricted in the rally and march areas)
- Glass or thermal containers
- Laser pointers
- Mace / Pepper spray
- Structures (tents, chairs other than wheelchairs or mobility supports, etc.)
- Wooden supports for signs and placards (please use cardboard)
- Weapons of any kind
- Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
How do I meet up with other marchers from CO at the march?
State efforts are coordinated independently of the national organizers. Please find information on your state organizers here, who would be able to better guide on meeting up with other participants from CO.
When it comes to messaging on posters / signs, as well as chants and songs, what should we say?
The official WMW tagline is “The rise of the woman = the rise of the nation”. We encourage you to share what inspires you.
Do we need to explore private security?
First and foremost, we have a permit. The purpose of the permit is not only to secure a location, but to ensure all city agencies, including the police, are involved in the planning process. Security is a top priority. All proper security measures have been discussed and put in place in coordination with the police and other city agencies.
Second, we have hired a private security firm and will have numerous professional security workers throughout the entire march. Some will be easy to identify, others will not.
Third, we have over 1000 trained marshals in place to help maintain order and to provide direction to marchers.
We will share more information about security will be released as the march approaches.
My 13-year-old twins are coming along. Are there any special instructions for marching with youth or children?
We will release specific details on how to stay safe during your time in Washington as we draw closer to the date. We will have marshals who will be active throughout the rally and can be available for assistance. We will have more information regarding their identifying vests in the next week. We will also have a reunification tent as a place for lost children to be taken and or parents who get separated from their child to go to get assistance in finding them. More information regarding where this tent will be is forthcoming.
How will bathroom stops be managed?
We are planning on having portable bathroom facilities available at different points around our march and rally site.
What roads and bridges into Washington DC will be closed to vehicular traffic for the March down Independence Ave SW? At what time in the morning will they be blocked?
While we are working to determine the march route, attendees should expect areas around the rally point at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW to be closed to traffic.
Will be the organizing Committee providing translation during March's program?
We will have ASL interpreters present. We are investigating whether it will be possible to have other language interpreters.
I am disabled so cannot march far. What should I do?
We understand that some people may not be able to march the whole route and there will be Metro exits at various locations throughout the route. We ask that people assess their own ability to march and make the needed arrangements to participate. Information about the Women’s March Washington – Disability Caucus march line-up and formation can be found on their Facebook page by clicking here. For questions and further information not provided on this page email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on accessible tourist guides, transportation and scooter, wheelchair and mobility rentals please click here to download the accessible Disability Resources Guide.
We are interested in everything on the agenda, and in particular--about whether a route for the march has been designated.
Our organizers are working to set the final details on the parade route. We will share further details as the day of the march approaches.