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Small in Numbers, Large in Color

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, May 01, 2008, at 04:03PM
Legalize LA March Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A cyclist looks back at the approaching Legalize LA march on 5th street.

All blogdowntown coverage of today's marches is available in this May 1 topic.

The May Day marches converged Downtown a little after 3pm, with crowds far smaller than many were predicting. The Times is giving an LAPD number of 3,500. That number will get revised higher (early LAPD numbers always do), but turnout is not particularly high.

The Legalize LA march, originating from American Apparel, made up in color what the overall march lacked in size. Marchers carried a sea of fluorescent green signs and took a few minutes to stop for a photo op at 5th and Main before meeting up with the rest of the marches at Broadway.

Update (4:45pm): The Legalize LA march is headed back to the factory down Alameda. Traffic on that corridor may be slow for the next while.

Update (5pm): CBS2 just led off the 5pm newscast calling the Legalize LA march down Alameda a "splinter group" and making it sound like they were just making up a new plan and wandering around the city.

They're just heading back to their cars so they can go home. Seems there would have been some plans for that.


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