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Your Guide To L.A.'s May Day Marches And Street Closures
Tens of thousands of marchers are expected to take to the streets of Los Angeles today in solidarity with immigrant rights and labor activists.
Last year's May Day march (way back in the halcyon Obama days) had a far smaller crowd according to KPCC, who report that the 2016 march drew somewhere between 2,000 and 10,000 people. This year's march will be the first time since 2006 that all of the city's May Day marches end in the same location: Los Angeles City Hall. Here are some (still very applicable!) marching tips from our Women's March guide (TL;DR: wear sunblock, bring water, know your rights, buy your TAP card ahead of time). Here's a rundown of what will take place:
In what will likely be the largest of the marches, a coalition of labor, immigrant rights and interfaith groups will be meeting for a rally in MacArthur Park at 11 a.m. for an hourlong rally. After the rally, marchers will head east through downtown to City Hall.
Start point: MacArthur Park, 11 a.m.
Another march—this one calling for a general strike—will begin at 10 a.m. at Olympic Boulevard and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. This march will also travel through downtown and ultimately conclude in front of City Hall.
Start point: Olympic and Broadway, 10 a.m.
A third march will take place a little later in the day, beginning at 3 p.m. in Boyle Heights. Participants will rally against President Trump's immigration agenda. Marchers will meet at Evergreen Street just south of César Chávez Avenue at 3 p.m. and march to Mariachi Plaza, according to the Boyle Heights Beat.
Start point: Evergreen Street just south of César Chávez Avenue at 3 p.m.
City Hall Rally
The various morning marches will join together at Grand Park in front of L.A.'s City Hall for a rally at around 1:30 p.m. Mayor Eric Garcetti, County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, various religious and union leaders and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon are all expected to speak at the rally, according to City News Service.
Los Angeles City Hall is located at 200 N. Spring Street.