Timeline for the March for Our Lives in Washington

The March: Minute by Minute

Everything from the chants to the speeches to the marchers' looks.
Published: March 24, 2018

The March for Our Lives drew hundreds of thousands of protesters to the nation’s capital on Saturday, with many thousands more attending sister marches around the globe. The event rivaled the 2017 Women’s March, the largest single-day protest in American history. Here’s how the day unfolded in Washington.

9 a.m.

A National Rifle Association counter-protest called “March for our Guns” kicks off at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue with only one person in attendance. Organizers said they expect 1,000 people at the event.

9:05 a.m.

Protesters begin pouring into the streets.

9:15 a.m.

A crowd gathers at the main stage in front of the Capitol.

9:42 a.m.

The crowd builds, as seen from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, two hours before the march is set to begin.

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Pennsylvania Avenue is at a crawl as people pack tightly onto the stage.

11:15 a.m.

A chant begins, “hey hey NRA how many kids will get killed today?”


March officially begins on Pennsylvania Avenue.

12:15 p.m.

Andra Day and Common perform “Rise Up.”

12:30 p.m.

Cameron Kasky speaks and lists the 17 students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The crowd is completely silent.

12:40 p.m.

Demi Lovato performs her song, “Skyscraper.”

12:50 p.m.

Edna Chavez, a Los Angeles high schooler, honors her brother, Ricardo, by leading a chant of his name.

12:55 p.m.

Alex Wind, a Marjory Stoneman student, speaks.

1:00 p.m.

Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda perform their new collaboration, Found Tonight, featuring songs from each of their hit musicals, Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton.

1:12 p.m.

11-year-old Naomi Wadler speaks.

1:22 p.m.

Vic Mensa performs “To Be Free.”

1:26 p.m.

Crowds begin to chant “Vote them out!”

1:33 p.m.

Christopher Underwood, an 11-year-old from Brooklyn, speaks about his brother’s death by a gun.

1:35 p.m.

Jacqueline Corin, a Marjory Stoneman student, speaks.

1:40 p.m.

Corin brings up special guest Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

1:42 p.m.

Miley Cyrus sings “The Climb,” bringing it back to her Hannah Montana days.

1:48 p.m.

Ryan Deitsch, a Marjory Stoneman student, says “the real disruption to the educational process is staring down the barrel of a gun.”

1:53 p.m.

Parkland survivor Aalayah Eastmond speaks.

1:56 p.m.

Samantha Fuentes, a student who was injured at Marjory Stoneman high, led the crowd in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for Nicholas Dworet, who died in the shooting. He would have turned 18 today.

2:03 p.m.

Ariana Grande performs “Be Alright.”

2:07 p.m.

Chicago students Alex King and D’Angelo McCade walk onto the stage with tape covering their mouths before they speak.

2:18 p.m.

Matthew Soto, whose sister died in the Sandy Hook shooting, speaks.

2:21 p.m.

Tommy Murray, a student who attended Newtown elementary school, speaks.

2:27 p.m.

Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña, Parkland survivors, perform their original song, “Shine.”

2:33 p.m.

Marjory Douglas student Emma Gonzalez lists the names of the victims of the massacre at her school. She waited 6 minutes and 20 seconds before speaking again, explaining that it was the same amount of time the shooting lasted.

2:41 p.m.

Jennifer Hudson performs.

2:50 p.m.

Emma Gonzalez comes back to the stage.

2:54 p.m.

A final call to vote is read.

Sari Kamp and AJ Carrion contributed to this report.