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Dancing marchers crash Bikers for Trump event
Protesters crash the "Bikers For Trump" event. (Josh Hicks/Washington Post)
Protesters crash the “Bikers For Trump” event. (Josh Hicks/Washington Post)

For about two hours, Bikers for Trump blared twangy southern rock from a stage near Judiciary Square, showing support for the new president as participants in the Women’s March made their way back home from the Mall.

Only a few dozen people hung around the area for the event. Among them were several anti-Trump activists who waved signs and danced gleefully, encouraging Trump backers to join them, but to no avail.

“Y’all ain’t partying, and this is your celebration,” said Brittni Smith, 23, a nurse from Miami who wore one button depicting Trump as a clown and another that said “Black Lives Matter.”

Asked whether her goal was to antagonize Trump supporters, she said actually wanted to show unity.

“We’re together, we’re all people, and we can all get along,” Smith said.

Bernadette Luke, 43, an administrator for the pro-Trump group, had similar thoughts in mind.

“We don’t mind protesters,” she said. “Everyone is entitled to that. We’re here to unite people.”

Luke said her group allowed an anti-Trump demonstrator to take the stage and speak his mind earlier that day.

“We’re here celebrating the First Amendment,” she said.

Disappointed marchers can’t get close to White House

Marchers who made their way down 15th Avenue NW with the hopes of getting close to the White House were turned away at Pennsylvania Avenue, stopped by metal barricades and a row of police and Secret Service officers. Though the march never got the permits to put attendees directly in front of the White House, many were disappointed when they were turned away and that the closest they could get to the new president’s home was a glimpse of the columns through the trees.

“Peaceful protest, let us march!” people chanted.

Therese Salus, of Chevy Chase, Md., said it took her 90 minutes to reach the edge of the Ellipse and she thought she would be able to get close to the White House.

“It’s our home,” Salus said. “I’m very disappointed.”

Salus said she wanted to get closer to “let him know that we’re here.”

This is what it looks like in D.C. right now

Hundreds of thousands of women poured into Washington Saturday for the Women’s March, a larger-than-expected crowd determined to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inaugural gathering for Donald Trump one day earlier.

Coming from around the country and sometimes sleeping on the couches of people they had never met before, the marchers occupied a swath of terrain around the National Museum of the American Indian. Organizers said Saturday they expect as many as a half million participants — potentially dwarfing Friday’s inaugural crowd.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, 82, who was among the first speakers, looked out over the swelling crowd and exulted, “This is the upside of the downside. This is an outpouring of democracy like I’ve never seen in my very long life.”

WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Groups gather for the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Groups gather for the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Thousands already march as early as 10:30 am down 7th Street Northwest to reach the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women's March on Washington in support of women's rights and issues. The march is seen by many as a protest against President Trump who was sworn in the day before to become the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Thousands already march as early as 10:30 am down 7th Street Northwest to reach the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women’s March on Washington in support of women’s rights and issues.  (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Thousands of marchers gather near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women's March on Washington in support of women's rights and issues. The march is seen by many as a protest against President Trump who was sworn in the day before to become the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Thousands of marchers gather near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women’s March on Washington in support of women’s rights and issues. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Thousands already march as early as 10:30 am down 7th Street Northwest to reach the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women's March on Washington in support of women's rights and issues. The march is seen by many as a protest against President Trump who was sworn in the day before to become the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/ For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Thousands already march as early as 10:30 am down 7th Street Northwest to reach the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women’s March on Washington in support of women’s rights and issues. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/ For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Gloria Steinem speaks before the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Gloria Steinem speaks before the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Thousands of marchers gather near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women's March on Washington in support of women's rights and issues. The march is seen by many as a protest against President Trump who was sworn in the day before to become the 45th President of the United States. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Thousands of marchers gather near the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017, for the Women’s March on Washington in support of women’s rights and issues. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Crowds fill Pennsylvania Ave. Saturday January 21, 2017 during the Women's March in Washington, DC. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Crowds fill Pennsylvania Ave. Saturday January 21, 2017 during the Women’s March in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Scarlett Johansson stands with groups during the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Scarlett Johansson stands with groups during the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Groups gather for the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
WASHINGTON, DC- JAN 21- Groups gather for the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (For the Washington Post: Amanda Voisard)
Protesters leave signs outside the Trump Hotel. (Alejandra Matos/Washington Post
Protesters leave signs outside the Trump Hotel. (Alejandra Matos/Washington Post

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Crowds start to disperse, but still massive

Participants in the Women’s March were dispersing by 4:30 p.m, but a large crowd was still moving down Pennsylvania Avenue. The street where just 24 hours earlier President Trump held his inaugural parade was now a sea of pink pussyhats.

“Welcome to your first day, we will not go away,” the crowd chanted. “We want a real leader, not a creepy Tweeter.”

Confrontation with a ‘chauvinist pig’

As marchers made their way to the White House they passed supportive and not-so-supportive diners eating along on Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th.

“Can you imagine a guy coming down here with his wife? You might as well go straight to divorce court!” a man with a heavy New York accent yelled to the walkers.

“You are a male chauvinist pig!” a woman in the requisite pink hat yelled back.

He said nothing.

Women’s March on Washington

Planning started fewer than three months ago from the home of a grandmother in Hawaii in the wake of the unexpected election results. Now, on President Trump’s first full day in office, the Women’s March on Washington is here — and it’s expected to be massive and the biggest demonstration tied to the Trump inauguration.

Upward of 500,000 women are expected to gather near the Capitol on the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW this morning. (Here’s a bit more about the origins of the march.)

The march is broadly about a demand for equal rights for women after the Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated for president by a major party, was defeated in the November election. But in recent weeks, the march’s organizers have defined it with a progressively liberal agenda and signed on groups like Planned Parenthood as co-sponsors. The platform calls for ending violence against women, workers’ rights, reproductive rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights and more.

The inclusion of reproductive rights in the platform has angered antiabortion activists, who feel that they too are feminists and this march now excludes. Many antiabortion activists still plan to attend the march to participate and make their stances on abortion clear. (Read more about the debate of whether there is a place for antiabortion women in the Women’s March here.)

The planning of the march highlighted many rifts within the feminist movement. Still, march organizers say this is intended to be a positive, forward looking march. And there will be scores of celebrities to mark the occasion. Janelle Monáe will perform, Scarlett Johansson and Ashley Judd will make appearances. And activists Angela Davis and Michael Moore and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) will also be speaking. (Find the full list of speakers here.)

And before you head over make sure to read our rundown of all the logistics you need to know.

The rally will run until about 1:15, and after that, the participants will begin marching west to The Ellipse park, just south of the White House.

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