Img 5284 wtstup

Between 5,000 and 7,000 people turned for the March on Main to show support for women's rights, minority rights, and more during the opening weekend of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 

A massive crowd took to the streets on a snowy Saturday morning in Park City for the March on Main. It was just one of an estimated 600 similar sister marches planned in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington that took place in D.C. just twenty four hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. 

Despite snowy conditions and bumper-to-bumper traffic coming into Park City from Salt Lake City, locals from Park City and surrounding ares of Summit County were joined by huge numbers of out of state visitors in town for the Sundance Film Festival. According to the Park Record, law enforcement put the total number anywhere from 5,000 to 7,000 (roughly twice as many as expected). It was an extraordinary sight to see this massive mobilization of people flooding Main Street and likely becoming the largest such event in recent Park City history. A sea of pink pussy hats and colorful signs put the focus on women's rights, human rights, climate change, and an array of other progressive issues. 

Img 5291 vj0tmw

Crowd gathers on Swede Alley after the march to listen to speeches from local and visiting organizers, activists, and artists.

After marching down Main, the huge crowd--which overflowed onto the surrounding snow banks--gathered on Swede Alley to listen to fiery speeches from both local organizers, justice workers, and celebrities like Chelsea Handler and Jessica Williams. Continuing what has already been a theme at the festival this year, the speakers encouraged people to come together and stand up for each other, giving voices to those who don't have one, and using art as a weapon in the face of adversity.

The event was pulled off successfully without any negative incidents thanks to a group of eight organizers coordinating with each other remotely, including local Cindy Levine who deemed it all a big success saying "It was soul-satisfying to see the crowd and feel the unity after pulling it all together with very little time." Although the Sundance Film Festival was not associated with the march in any official capacity, there was clearly and overwhelming amount of support from the visiting film community who either joined in the march or cheered on from venues and rooftops along Main Street.  

 

Show Comments