Participants at the Women’s March fall through ice on the Reflecting Pool on Jan. 20. (Endrit Demi)

Pro tip: When it’s 60 degrees outside, it’s a bad idea to test frozen bodies of water in the Mid-Atlantic region. That’s exactly what a number of demonstrators did at Saturday’s Women’s March, and they paid the price.

The ice cracked and down they went.

Thankfully, the Reflecting Pool is only 18 to 30 inches deep, about knee to waist deep. So the protesters weren’t really placing their lives at risk, even if they took an unexpected and frigid bath.

“[B]ystanders were quick to lend a hand, and most of the drenched were in good spirits,” eyewitness Endrit Demi told the PoPville blog.

Demi (who posts his work on Instagram and Flickr) photographed the spectacle and graciously shared the images below.

While falling through the ice at the Reflecting Pool is more of a laughing matter and inconvenience than it is a hazard, it underscores the danger of remaining ice on area lakes, ponds, and rivers which are much deeper (and not surrounded by thousands of people, who can assist).

Since Saturday, we’ve tacked on three more days of 60-degree weather.

Pro tip reminder: Keep off the ice.


(Endrit Demi)

(Endrit Demi)

(Endrit Demi)

(Endrit Demi)

(Endrit Demi)