Women's March on Asheville returns Saturday

Photo of the 2017 Women's March on Asheville: WLOS staff

The Women's March on Asheville returns in 2018.

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.

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.

Organizers say the anniversary march will take place in downtown Asheville on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11 a.m.

The march will start at the Memorial Stadium across from McCormick Field. It will continue up Biltmore Avenue end around the Vance Monument in Pack Square.

The mostly flat route is about 1.4 miles.

The march route starts at the Memorial Stadium. It continues up Biltmore Avenue and ands at the Vance Momument in Pack Sqaure.

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 the march will be a "peaceful sidewalk march."

They are selling anniversary march t-shirts to benefit Planned Parenthood. Volunteers are needed, and can sign up here.

A pre-march party happens at THE BLOCK off Biltmore Friday at 6 p.m.

If you plan to attend, share your photos and videos with News 13 here.

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