The church bells rang in downtown Douglas about 10:15 Saturday morning and the people emerged with signs saying “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” “Love Trumps Hate” and “Nasty Women March Hear Our Voice” for the Saugatuck Douglas Women’s March.
About 2,500 people gathered at Beery Field and walked on the Blue Star Highway Bridge over the Kalamazoo River to Lucy’s Little Kitchen in Saugatuck to watch coverage of the main march in Washington, D.C.
The Washington march following Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump was the focus of the worldwide protests, but events around the nation, including New York, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, drew hundreds of thousands of people showing their support for the rights of women, immigrants, workers, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community and people of all races and religions. Protests occurred in every state in America.
Rallies also drew crowds around the globe including London and Paris.
Area organizers admitted they were a little surprised by the local turnout. They stood atop the slide at the playground at Beery Field to address the crowd of women, men, children and, because it is Saugatuck and Douglas, some dogs.
Not expecting the large crowd, organizers did not get a parade permit from the cities so they had no police escorts. They directed people to walk on the sidewalks to Saugatuck. At several points on the route, protesters stopped at crosswalks to let vehicles through.
In support, drivers honked their vehicle horns and waved to the marchers.
More images from the march on Saturday: