Thousands prepare for Saturday's Women's March in Downtown St. L -

Thousands prepare for Saturday's Women's March in Downtown St. Louis

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The Women's March will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Union Station. (Credit: KMOV) The Women's March will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Union Station. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

More than 10,000 people plan to attend the Women's March in downtown St. Louis on Saturday in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. 

On the eve of the march, many held sign-making parties all over St. Louis to get ready for event. 

Audrey Brown and her friends held a get-together in University City, making signs and prepping for the march. Brown said her one-year-old daughter Piper is her inspiration for attending the rally. 

"As a mom now of a little girl and she is biracial, its opened my eyes to issues that I think need my attention, and I just want her growing up in a world that sees her for who she is and not because of the color of her skin or her gender," said Brown. 

She plans to bring her daughter in a stroller to Saturday's march. Her stroller will carry a sign that reads "Though she be but little, she is fierce."

Organizer Ellen Alper said many people plan to bring their children to the march and rally. 

"We don't anticipate any problems, this is a group that's not out to do anything but celebrate the power of women," said Alper. 

They do not plan to march in the street but to walk on the sidewalks. They are starting at 9:00 a.m. at Union Station and marching to the Arch Grounds. Because they plan to remain on the sidewalks, they expect the walk to take well over an hour. 

Police, though, said they will have many officers on hand to monitor the march. They do believe traffic will be impacted on secondary streets as well as Market Street. 

"At this time, we do not anticipate any problems and are committed to ensuring the safety of those wishing to express their first amendment right," said a spokesperson for the department. 

The rally will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Luther Ely Smith Square. It will feature speakers and performers. There will then be an action fair beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Phyllis Wheatley Heritage Center YWCA, 2711 Locust Street. 

More than a dozen organizations will be there for people to learn how they can get involved with women's issues. A list of organizations can be found here.

As for parking, organizers recommend taking the MetroLink to the Union Station stop. There is also paid parking available behind Union Station, or street parking available on Market and side streets.

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