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Despite calls to boycott Saturday's Women's March on Philadelphia due to concerns about the police presence, tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the protest to mark the anniversary of President Trump's inauguration.
City officials have released details about parking restrictions, road closures, and entry points where bags are subject to search. That is a sticking point for some activists, who say conducting searches on marchers is "ostensibly stopping and frisking them."
Deputy Police Commissioner Dennis Wilson said that police vehicles will be stationed in the Parkway area beginning Saturday morning to prevent cars from driving toward the crowd and that metal barricades will be put up around the Parkway to help with crowd control — what he classified as standard measures at most large-scale events.
Wilson said rumors that police would have "security checkpoints" or that officers would be "stopping and frisking" attendees were not accurate. He said that officers would keep an eye out for anyone carrying prohibited items, such as weapons or drugs, but that there was no plan to conduct mass screening or searching of attendees.
"We're not frisking people," he said. "We're not infringing on anyone's First Amendment rights in any way."
Participants will begin assembling around Logan Square about 8 a.m. Anyone who wants to enter that assembly area can do so at the following locations:
The march will start around 11 a.m. at 20th and the Parkway and proceed to Eakins Oval for a rally with speakers and performers from noon to 3 p.m. Anyone who wants to attend only the rally portion can access Eakins Oval and the Parkway at the following locations:
The city says the following items will not be allowed into the march area:
Attendees are "strongly discouraged" from carrying bags of any kind, as all bags are subject to search.
The following streets will be closed starting from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday:
In addition, eastbound traffic on Kelly Drive must exit at Fairmount Avenue starting at 5 a.m. Saturday. Streets will be reopened gradually as the march progresses on the Parkway. It's expected that portions of Logan Circle and 20th Street will be reopened before 6 p.m.
The following streets will be designated "no parking" zones from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday:
Vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours will be relocated.