PHOTOS: Signs at Philly’s March for Our Lives decry gun violence, demand change

The rally brought out elected officials, parents, teachers, activists and survivors.

Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
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Updated Feb. 25

Many thousands of Philadelphians came out to rally against gun violence Saturday morning in Old City.

The local March for Our Lives was held in solidarity with nearly 800 others around the country, including the main one in Washington D.C. Inspired and led by survivors of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the event drew hundreds of thousands to the National Mall.

In Philly, marchers were joined by Mayor Jim Kenney, Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Pa. Rep. Brian Sims, among other community leaders, who joined parents, students and other concerned citizens on the streets. The march started at Independence Hall, then made its way down to Lombard Circle on the Delaware River waterfront, where speakers addressed the crowd.

Along with elected officials, activists and survivors, the outdoor stage welcomed several performing artists, who led the audience in song.

There was a secondary theme in Philly, with many speakers referencing the gun violence students of color in this city live with every day, and the difference between the responses to that epidemic and the Parkland incident. Julia Reyes at PMN wrote a good exploration of that divide here.

Here are 25 photos of the sights, signs and scenes at the march.

Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography
Philadelphia March For Our Lives
jared gruenwald photography