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May Day Logistics Guide: Marches, Rallies, Traffic, Transit

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Whether you are attending a rally or just going to work, using Metrolink or Metro Rail (Red, Blue, Gold) are your best option for entering downtown, but expect more crowded than usual trains. Below, you will find information on the Marches, Traffic/Street Closures, Metro, DASH and Commuter Express.

Marches & Rallies
Sources: Downtown Center BID (via e-mail), blogdowntown, LADOT Map (pdf), LADOT ASTAC

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The first three marches listed here will come together at Broadway and 5th Street and continue north to the rally area on Broadway between 1st and Temple. The rally is expected to last several hours with an estimated end time of 8:00 p.m.:

  • May 1st Day of Action in Support of Workers: Assemble: 11:00 a.m. at MacArthur Park | Starts: 2:00 p.m. | Expected Attendance: 3,000 - 5,000 | Route: East on 7th, North on Figueroa, East on 5th, North on Broadway.
  • Full Rights for Immigrants Assemble: 11:00 a.m. at Olympic and Broadway | Starts 3:00 p.m. | Expected Attendance: 25,000 | Route: North on Broadway, East on First, North on Spring to City Hall
  • Immigrants Right March: Assemble: 11:00 a.m. at Olympic and Broadway | Starts 3:00 p.m. | Expected Attendance: 100,000 | Route: North on Broadway
  • Legalize LA: Assemble: Unknown Time at American Apparel factory on 7th between Alameda and Central | Starts at 3:00 p.m. | Expected Attendance: Unknown | Route: "While that website says the route will be down 7th and then north on Broadway, the city's info has the route north on Central, and then west on 5th," according to Eric Richardson at blogdowntown. LADOT says due to the "addition of a fourth march, downtown Los Angeles traffic will be severely impacted during the pm peak hours within the quadrants of Broadway from Pico Boulevard to Temple Street and 5th Street between Alameda Street and Figueroa Street."

Note: Both websites for the two marches beginning at Olympic and Broadway state they will begin at 2:00 p.m., but the city publishes 3:00 p.m.Visual? Daily News Google Maps the routes and areas.