Tomorrow, March 24, 2018 could see thousands march in Rochester against gun violence in direct response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month, as part of the #NeverAgain movement. We’ve compiled some of the most pertinent information about the event for those electing to attend, and for those looking to avoid the road closures.
As of 11am, March 23, 2018 over 7,000 people have responded to the Facebook event and the City of Rochester is taking necessary measures to redirect traffic.
The event will begin with a rally at 3pm in Washington Square Park with the march beginning at approximately 4pm and ending back at Washington Square Park at 5pm. March organizers expressed their desire to wait until the day of the event to release march route information and the Empty Closet will honor that request.
The City of Rochester Press Office shared:
The March for Our Lives Rally will affect Downtown traffic, parking and transit service from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.
The following will be affected all day:
• St Mary’s Place: Closed all day Saturday, until the march is over (approximately 5 p.m.)
• Court Street Bridge: No parking will be allowed all day Saturday
Surrounding streets and locations are expected to be closed during the event and will be confirmed by March For Our Lives Rochester organizers tomorrow.
Suggested parking is in Washington Square Garage, Court Street Garage, and on-street parking. Both Washington Square garage and street parking are free on Saturdays. Court Street Garage charges $2 for first two hours and $2 for each additional hour or fraction.
While the focus of the rally and march is gun violence in schools, many in the local LGBTQ+ community plan to show up in solidarity as many showed up in the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in June of 2016.
The event has been student coordinated, with a strong social media presence and effective fundraising efforts via t-shirt sales. Pre-sales at the Flying Squirrel Community Center and Metro Justice offices of the t-shirts enabled 100% of proceeds to go directly to Teen Empowerment Roc. Crazy Dog T-Shirts donated the shirts, pictured on Teen Empowerment leaders below.
Sign-making events were held across the city in the week leading up to tomorrow’s event and organizers are confident that the rally and march will be smooth. Along with road closures and traffic diversion, organizers have secured ASL interpreters for day-of communication.
For more, see the March For Our Lives Rochester Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/173392860117037