It’s too bad the weather was lousy and nobody showed up Jan. 21 for the Women’s March On Sitka. Actually, the weather was great (about 30ish with sunny skies) and about 1,000 people showed up to walk. Not bad for a fishing town of 9,000 people.
The marchers came out for a variety of reasons. Some were protesting the presidency of Donald Trump, especially his disrespect for women and minorities. Others were marching in support of health care and others marched for equality. The crowd was mixed about two-thirds female and one-third male, with several people marching with their dogs. There also were many families marching, including a few three-generation clans.
The event was one of nearly 700 similar marches held around the world in support of the Women’s March On Washington, including at least 17 in Alaska. In Sitka, the marchers gathered at the Crescent Harbor covered shelter, then marched up Lincoln Street to loop around St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Cathedral, then marched back down Lincoln Street to St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church.
There were so many marchers the lead pack of marchers was about 2-3 blocks of the last marchers, taking up a full traffic lane. The crowd of marchers wrapped completely around the roundabout that encircles St. Michael’s and the leaders were about 100 yards back down Lincoln when they finally met the last marchers.
A slideshow of scenes from the march is posted below.