In a perfect world, everything would be sun, sand, and bikinis. However, sometimes we have to take a break from the poolside life to acknowledge what is going on in the world and, most importantly, support great initiatives. Last month, people around the world protested against gun violence and stood up for the safety of students in what was known as the March for our lives. Here’s a brief summary of the event and some of the top celebrities that attended.
March for our lives crowds were huge. All in all, millions of peaceful protesters took the streets around the globe to demand an end to gun violence, once and for all.
The events were attended by the #NeverAgain movement organizers -the survivors of the shooting at Parkland, Florida- as well as students, parents, and concerned citizens calling for a change.
Among the attendees were also celebrities who came out in support, joining protests in cities such as Washington, New York City, and Los Angeles.
Stars such as Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Paul McCartney, Kim Kardashian West, George and Amal Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Amy Poehler, Will Smith, and many more participated by either performing onstage or walking the streets with homemade signs.
Amy Schumer, who has been a vocal advocate for stricter gun laws, pleaded in Washington for lawmakers to protect children from gun violence in an emotional speech. Then she thanked the student organizers and everyone else in attendance at the march for “standing up and saying, ‘no more’”.
In New York City, Paul McCartney marched in remembrance of his late friend and Beatles bandmate John Lennon, who was shot outside of his apartment on December 8, 1980.
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West made an appearance at the march in Washington, DC.
Also present were Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus who performed and shared their voices of support to the shooting survivors.
But how big was the March for our lives crowd in Washington, DC? Initial reports estimate that roughly 800,000 people gathered in our nation’s capital. That means the March for our lives is now the largest single-day protest in DC’s history.
We loved watching people come together to demand common-sense gun reform and we’re so proud of every person who participated in March for our lives. Even if you weren’t able to physically attend a march, please know that your voice and your contribution still matters.