PHOTOS, VIDEO | The 2018 Women's March on Asheville

The 2018 Women's March on Asheville. (Photo: WLOS staff)

The Women's March on Asheville returns in 2018, kicking off at 11 a.m. near downtown.

We hear that the event will begin with speakers at Memorial Stadium near McCormick field. After this, marchers will walk to the Vance Monument in Pack Square.

This year as last year, marches are planned worldwide. In 2017, the focus was a backlash to newly elected President Trump.

In 2018, organizers ride a wave of new awareness of women's issues in light of the #MeToo movement and the national backlash toward men in power who sexually harassed women.

The anniversary march will take place in downtown Asheville on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. It starts at the Memorial Stadium across from McCormick Field and continues p Biltmore Avenue to the Vance Monument in Pack Square.

Organizers say the mostly flat route is about 1.4 miles.

Downtown streets and areas that could be affected by the march route include Biltmore Avenue and South Charlotte Street. The event will likely impact the availability of parking before, during, and after the march.

Organizers say the march will be a "peaceful sidewalk march." They are selling anniversary march t-shirts to benefit Planned Parenthood.

Thousands of people showed up for the rally and march last year, wearing pink knit hats and carrying signs.

Asheville police estimated the crowd at 6000-7000 participants. Police acknowledged that was just an estimate, and organizers said the crowd was closer to 10,000.

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