In a tense political climate, hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered around the country urging the government to pass legislation for gun control. From DC to Seattle, LA to NYC, the turnout for the ‘March For Our Lives’ was huge. Led by the survivors of the devastating mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, these children used their stories to drive home the importance of firearm regulation.
But these protesters weren’t all just your average Joe and Jane; plenty of celebrities came out for the cause as well. Let’s take a look at some of the more famous names that marched for our lives.
One of the more popular appearances at the Washington event was actor Geroge Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney. The couple donated $500,000 to the survivors of the Parkland shooting and have been supporters of gun legislation in the past. Director Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw also donated big to the cause.
Even Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (in a rare public appearance) took to the streets of DC to protest the government. Kim shared her thoughts on Twitter about the march.
So ready to March today! Landed in DC w North & Kanye. We stand in solidarity with the survivors of gun violence & students who are calling for action on common sense gun safety laws at #MarchForOurLives around the country @AMarch4OurLives@Everytown
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2018
In the nation’s capital, performing artists also graced the stage, engaging the massive 800,000 person crowd. Andra Day and Common kicked off the day with a performance while polarizing popstar, Miley Cyrus, sang her song “The Climb,” holding a sign that read ‘Never Again.’
Rapper Vic Mensa rocked the microphone with his fitting hit, “We Could Be Free.” Demi Lovato, Jennifer Hudson, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Ariana Grande all had stellar performances as well in Washington, entertaining the protesters while remaining on message about gun control.
Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Jimmy Fallon all sponsored buses to the event as well. Other celebs that attended the demonstration in DC include Chelsea Handler, Cher, and Glenn Close.
Outside of Washington, several other cities saw participants in the political rallies. In LA, comedian Amy Schumer took the stage to address the crowd and chastise politicians for receiving campaign funds from the NRA. Fellow comedians Amy Poehler and Jason Sudekis took to the streets as well.
Singer Charlie Puth attended the event in a white t-shirt, reading “Enough Is Enough Is Enough Is” while performing for the SoCal crowd. Other celebs like Yara Shahidi, Kaia Gerber, Olivia Wilde, Connie Britton, QuestLove, and Kendall Jenner were spotted marching in Downtown LA.
One of the most memorable moments from the nationwide protests came from NYC and Paul McCartney. The 75-year-old artist stood near the sight where his former Beatles bandmate, John Lennon, was gunned down on December 8, 1980. He told CNN, “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence, right around here, so it’s important to me.”
All in all – celebrities, advocates, victims, and just average people banded together to march for gun control. While the final amount of attendees has not yet been determined, it is estimated that the ‘March For Our Lives’ will set a new record for number of participants. Whatever your stance on the issue, the fact that everyone was able to successfully and peacefully protest an outdated law is the true embodiment of the American spirit!