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Massive May Day March Takes Over DTLA Today

Demonstrators from 2014's May Day march (Photo by Eugene Lee/LAist)
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Thousands of protesters are expected to march through the streets of downtown L.A. this afternoon for the annual May Day event.

All across the country, demonstrators are marching in solidarity for May Day, protesting for workers' and immigrant rights, fair wages, and a call to end police brutality. In L.A., protesters also want to rally for minimum wage to be increased to $15.

Streets in Chinatown and downtown L.A. are expected to be closed off to traffic, so plan accordingly, because there will be some congested roads. Rallies are expected to begin around 2 p.m., according to a SEIU California release. The marches will start at 4 p.m. and end at approximately 5 p.m., with all festivities coming to an end at 7 p.m.

For the Full Rights March, demonstrators are expected to meet up at Cesar Chavez Avenue and Broadway at Chinatown's Dragon's Gate from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Demonstrators will begin marching around 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., heading east on Caesar Chavez, then going south on Main Street, east on Aliso Street, south on N. Alameda Street and rally in front of the ICE Detention Center. Then they'll head west on E. 1st Street, and then turn right at N. Spring Street to make their final stop at Grand Park/City Hall.

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NBC Los Angeles reports there will be another march—International Workers March. The rally will start at 3 p.m. at Olympic Boulevard and Broadway, and then beginning at 4 p.m., people will march northbound on Broadway to Grand Park, located on Broadway and 1st Street.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grand Park on N. Spring Street, there will be a free Immigrant Families Resource Fair.