(UPDATED WITH RALLY REMARKS & VIDEO) PREVIOUS 8:52 AM: With a smaller turnout that expected and battling snowfall and traffic snarls, today’s Women’s March On Main still drew thousands to Park City this morning.
Led by Chelsea Handler, the two-hour event down the main drag of the Sundance Film Festival’s home base was full of A-listers with Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Underground EP and Oscar winner John Legend, Nashville’s Connie Britton and more Hollywooders taking their protest against Donald Trump to the somewhat slippery street.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) January 21, 2017
“This is our country and we want Trump and everyone to know we’re not giving it up,” one marcher told Deadline Saturday morning just before the march started at 9:08 AM MT. A plethora of pink hats, Planned Parenthood supporting signs and others that said “The Future Is Nasty” and “We Live In Trumped Times” amidst the winter gear suited crowd, as well as “I’m With Meryl” stickers on many jackets in solidarity with Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech at this months Golden Globes. Many marchers were chanting “Love Trumps Hate” as the walk began.
While estimates were that up to 5,000 people would descend on the virtually shut down town for the march, dicey weather and traffic congestion seemed to be keeping many from making it – especially from nearby Salt Lake City. “The canyon is a parking lot,” noted one march insider. “I know a lot of people who turned around when they heard how bad the roads were from Salt Lake,” a marcher on the street said. A local official estimated the crowd to be around 2,000 this morning but said “more are arriving, so it will grow.”
Handler, Maria Belo, Britton, Star’s Benjamin Bratt and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski are among the scheduled speakers at a rally after the march. While there are marches in Washington D.C., LA, SF and all over the nation today, Salt Lake City is actually holding off on its protest until January 23, the day Utah’s legislative session starts. That is why so many marchers were expected from the state’s largest city in Park City today
Main Street has been closed down this morning for the march but is expected to re-open soon after participants pass by. With Park City already packed with SFF attendees, businesses up and down the street are hoping that many of the additional out-of-town marchers will stick around to drop a few bucks.
With the snow easing up, marchers will go down to nearly the bottom of Main Street before turning off to Swede Alley for the planned rally in a nearby parking lot.
UPDATE 10 AM: Though the crowd had thinned out to about half of its initial participants, the march ended at about 9:50 AM MT in the Flagpole Parking lot just off Main Street. Among the marchers seen going down Main were Sundance festival director John Cooper, Sundance Institute boss Keri Putnam, Sundance Producers President Laura Michalchyshyn, producer Jason Blum, members of the cast of Underground and WME’s Marie Sheeny.
Initiated by Handler, a number of speakers addressed the protestors including Maria Bello and Jessica Williams. “Hello all you pussies!” said the Goliath actor in her opening remarks to the rally crowd “When they punch you in the pussy, punch ’em back with your pussy power,” she added.
“I am my ancestors’ dream,” the former Daily Show correspondent, who has the film The Incredible Jessica Jones in the fest and is hosting the January 28 awards ceremony, told the rally. “They fought for me to stand up here in the cold ass snow in front of a bunch of white people with Uggs.”
One of the most moving moments of the rally, which last about 45-minutes in the cold outdoors of Park City, was a people’s oath that Nashville star Connie Britton and The Talk co-host, among her many many gigs, Aisha Tyler asked the crowd to take with them. The oath was started by the ACLU earlier this week as a start for citizens to take a stand – watch the video below:
— Dominic Patten (@DeadlineDominic) January 21, 2017