As many as 50,000 people are expected to attend a rally and march Saturday for women's rights and social equality, and other Inauguration Day protests are planned. Here's what we know.
Happy Inauguration Day.
Several marches and events are set for the Seattle area on Friday and Saturday, many of them planned in protest of President-elect Donald Trump, who will be sworn in as the 45th president Friday morning.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) says that several demonstrations could affect traffic.
On Friday, about 250 people are expected to walk out of classes at Seattle Central College. On Saturday, as many as 50,000 people are expected to attend a march through downtown in support of women’s rights and social equality.
Here’s a list of the planned protests and other events in the Seattle area (number of expected participants provided by SDOT):
Friday (Inauguration Day)
Student walkout and rally: 12-3 p.m. at Seattle Central College; 250 expected to participate. Students from Seattle Public Schools are also expected to participate, with the district likely to give participating students unexcused absences.
Immigrant and refugee-rights march: 1 p.m. rally at Judkins Park with march at 2:30 p.m. to Westlake Park. The route starts at 20th Avenue South and South Weller Street, heads north on 20th Avenue South, west on South Jackson Street, and north on 4th Avenue to Westlake Park. About 525 people are expected to participate. Meanwhile, the City of Seattle is holding a day-long workshop at McCaw Hall, at 321 Mercer Street, for immigrants who want to learn more about how to become a citizen or who need legal help.
“Resist Trump” demonstration: 5 to 8 p.m. rally at Westlake Park. About 530 people are expected to participate in this event organized by Socialist Alternative Seattle, Socialist Students of Seattle and City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos at UW: The controversial right-wing editor’s speech Thursday at Washington State University was canceled, but he remains scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Washington.
Amazon’s “post-holiday office party” at CenturyLink Field: 8 p.m. to midnight. The city says to expect congestion and delays near the venue possibly during some of the planned inauguration protests. About 20,000 people are expected to attend what Amazon is calling a “post-holiday office party” for employees.
Womxn’s March on Seattle: 10 a.m. rally at Judkins Park, with march to Seattle Center beginning at 11 a.m. From 20th Avenue South and South Weller Street, the route heads north on 20th Avenue South, west on South Jackson Street, north on Fourth Avenue, west on Denny Way, and north on Second Avenue North into Seattle Center. About 30,000 people are expected to attend. Organizers predict as many as 50,000 attendees. Business owners in the International District worry the march could hurt business on one of the busiest shopping days of the year for some neighborhood shops.
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Epiphany Celebration March and processions: From 4-7 p.m. Seattle police will escort marchers from 24th Avenue South and South Walker Street, south on Martin Luther King Way, west on South McClellan to Kings Hall, at 2929 27th Ave. S. About 600 people are expected to attend. On Saturday and Sunday, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Annual Epiphany Procession will also take place. At 1 p.m. Saturday, the procession will begin at churches in Leschi and Rainier Beach and end at 11030 E. Marginal Way. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the processions return to the churches.