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Your guide to March For Our Lives

Students hold up their signs during a rally asking for gun control outside of the U.S. Capitol building, in Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Washington. One month after a mass shooting in Florida, students and advocates across the country participate in walkouts and protests to call on Congress for action. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON — Street closures are in effect and attendees are arriving in D.C. for March For Our Lives — an event designed to promote gun control efforts. The rally is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to the area.

The march will have a major impact on the region in terms of crowds, traffic and transit, with a number of street closures in place.

WTOP has all the information you need.


What is the march about?

They can’t buy a beer or rent a car and most aren’t even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history in Washington and more than 800 sister marches from California to Japan.

Read more: How the Parkland teens have spearheaded a worldwide movement


What you can and can’t bring

Organizers are asking anyone who is coming to the march to travel light and remember that backpacks and bags are subject to search. Some items are prohibited:

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Animals other than service/guide dogs
  • Backpacks/totes/purses larger than 18-by-13-by-7 inches
  • Bikes
  • Balloons
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Selfie-sticks

You can find a complete list and more information on the March for Our Lives website.


Getting around

Massive crowds are expected in downtown D.C. on Saturday, March 24, as cherry blossom season mixes with an anti-gun violence march sparked by the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

Read more: Getting to, through or around cherry blossom, March For Our Lives traffic


Metro advice

Metro is putting all hands on deck for the massive crowds expected due to the March For Our Lives, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and spring break tourist season, and the transit agency is offering some specific advice for those expected to ride Metrorail Saturday.

Read more: Metro offers advice to March For Our Lives, cherry blossom riders


Weather

Visit our weather page for the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @WTOP, and listen to live weather reports every 10 minutes on 103.5 FM or via our online stream.

View: Latest weather radar and current temperatures.


Traffic

D.C. police announced a number of parking restrictions and road closures that went into effect ahead of the March For Our Lives event.

Visit our traffic page for the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @WTOPtraffic, and listen to live traffic reports every 10 minutes on 103.5 FM or via our online stream.

Read more: Road closures and parking changes announced for March For Our Lives

View: Latest traffic conditions and latest traffic report.


Road closures

 

D.C. police put a number of parking restrictions and road closures in place this week.

Read more: Complete information on road closures and parking changes


Listen live

WTOP will have day-long coverage of March For Our Lives this weekend.

Listen live on WTOP.com.


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