Thousands attend St. Louis March for Our Lives

Morgan Lowe, an organizer for the St. Louis March for Our Lives, speaks to the gathered crowd at the kickoff of the event. There were an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people participating, according to an announcement.
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MITCHELL KRAUS | Editor-in-Chief
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Thousands of demonstrators flooded Market Street in downtown St. Louis Saturday morning to participate in March for Our Lives. 

According to the STL March for Our Lives Gofundme page, the St. Louis march is one of many sister marches that have popped up around the country. The original march was created soon after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Over $9,000 was raised by over 200 people on the Gofundme page to pay for staging and other equipment, tables and signage for the march. 

Haley Zink, one of the four student organizers of the event, was blown away by the number of people that attended the march. 

March organizers believe over 10,000 people attended the event. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill was just one of the many people who joined the march. Other demonstrators included students, teachers, parents and children.

A demonstrator on Pine street holds a sign based on a popular internet meme during the March for Our Lives event in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 24.
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Vulgarities were common on signs at the March for Our Lives, such as the one in this photo.
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A man holds a flag depicting three different women and the slogans "We the people are greater than fear", "We the people defend dignity", and "We the people protect each other." The images on the flag were designed by Los-Angeles based artist Shepard Fairey, whose work also includes the famous "Hope" poster of Barack Obama.
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Two girls hold signs during the demonstration. People of all ages were present at the event, from infants to the elderly.
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Senator Claire McClaskill (D-MO) holds a baby and meets with demonstrators. 
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This woman is one of many who made comparisons between gun laws and laws governing access to birth control and abortions.
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Shana Blumenthal looks on as her daughters pose with their homemade signs.
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The event was scheduled to last two hours, however at the end of the two hours many people were still around. 
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Volunteers from HeadCount worked to register new voters on-site. HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that encourages voting and often hosts booths at concerts, according to the HeadCount website.
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Liesl Fressola, who survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, recounts her experience as a 4th grade teacher during a mass shooting. Fressola now works for the Parkway School District in St. Louis County, Missouri.
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The Rev. Darryl Gray speaks to the gathered crowd after the 2-mile march.
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Light rain forced many demonstrators to wrap their signs with plastic wrap.
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Many students were among the demonstrators. 
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