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Estimated 20,000 turn out for St. Pete Women’s March

PHOTOS: The Women's March in downtown St. Pete has kicked off.

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  • Women’s March held downtown St. Petersburg from noon-3 p.m.

Thousands marched in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, part of the Women’s Marches across the globe that coincided with the rally in Washington.

@BN9: PHOTOS: The Women’s March in downtown St. Pete has kicked off.

ST. PETERSBURG — 

Thousands in the Tampa Bay area marched in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, part of the Women’s Marches across the globe that coincided with the massive rally in Washington.

Officials said Saturday afternoon that the turnout exceeded expectations, a day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president.

Linked arm and arm, thousands marched down the streets of St. Petersburg on Saturday with a common theme — but not necessarily for one issue. The signs varied as much as the groups of people who were marching.

Some said they were march for their mothers and daughters; others, for peace.

Among the thousands in unity, one man stood out.

Standing on the side of the parade, Tyler Prince stood quietly holding a Trump flag.

“The irony and the hate, and the bullied messages that come back towards me. They say that love trumps hate. It’s hilarious,” Prince said.

The walk was about 1.3 miles long and wrapped up around 3 p.m., beginning and ending at Bayshore Drive and 1st Avenue South.

There were estimates of somewhere between 20,000 to 25,000 people attending Saturday’s rally, but with people joining during the march, that number was still unclear.

Estimated 20,000 turn out for St. Pete Women’s March

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