Women's March scheduled for Saturday, big crowd expected
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - In less than 24 hours, downtown Omaha is expected to become packed with people. For the second straight year, they'll be there for a Women's March.
Organizers told FOX 42 News this march isn't supposed to be entirely about protesting President Trump. Marchers this year will focus on a "March to the Polls" theme. The idea is to encourage women to vote and campaign for offices.
"This will be a day which everybody is coming together," said Deena Keilany, who is going to the march.
Keilany bought a shirt Friday at a local fashion and design store ahead of the Women's March Saturday, January 20th in downtown Omaha.
"I was really proud to see how many Omahans came out last year."
The march will begin at the Gene Leahy Mall. Last year, more than 10,000 people showed up for it. It happened the day after President Trump was sworn into office. This year, it's on the one year anniversary of his inauguration.
People who work down by the Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market are also gearing up for an expected big crowd.
"A lot of people walking," said Cinday Bohac, who works in the Old Market.
The Women's March has been on Bohac's radar for a while now. She expects the turnout to be so big another staffer will be called into her store to help out.
"We keep track of the events that happen. We did good last year, so we're hoping to do good this year."
Omaha police say they're also gearing up for the Women's March. We're told officers will be there to make sure it's safe for everyone and to keep the peace.
As for Keilany, she says she wants to be there to make her voice heard.
"I think it's important to stand in solidarity with women and people of marginalized groups everywhere," said Keilany.
The Women's March is expected to begin at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 20th. The plan is for it to start at the Gene Leahy Mall and then wind through the Old Market.