GALLERY | Women's March on Asheville

Thousands of people gather for the Women's March on Asheville on Jan. 21, 2017. Women's Marches were held in cities across America the day after President Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. Asheville police estimated the crowd in Asheville at 6,000-7,000 participants. Organizers say the crowd was closer to 10,000. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Thousands of people showed up for the rally and march on Saturday, wearing pink knit hats and carrying signs. Asheville police estimated the crowd at 6000-7000 participants.

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Police acknowledge that was just an estimate. Organizers said the crowd was closer to 10,000.

Organizers had expected 3000.

The event took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, starting in Pack Square Park with a rally, and becoming a march through downtown to the Vance Monument.

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer opened the march, and other community leaders including Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, made remarks.

On Thursday, the following speakers were added:

  • Terry Van Duyn, North Carolina senator
  • Nikki Harris, Director of Philanthropy, Planned Parenthood
  • Reverend Deacon McDowell, All Souls Cathedral
  • Zeke (Ezekiel) Christopoulos and Rachel Lee Campbell, members of Tranzmission
  • Angélica Wind, executive director of Our VOICE
  • Iindia Pearson, community advocate/Green Opportunities

Organizers also said that all ages, and all who support the march's goals, are welcome to join what they described as a peaceful gathering. " We've been asked if men are welcome," organizers wrote in a Facebook post about the event. "Yes! This is an inclusive march."

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