March for Our Lives receives permits for DC gun control rally
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The rally against gun violence led by survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting has been granted permits to host as many as 500,000 people in downtown Washington, D.C.

March For Our Lives will begin at noon on Saturday, March 24, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. It is being organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting, in which 17 people were killed on Valentine’s Day. 

National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst told The Washington Post an application was approved for usage of sidewalks along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and 12th streets; sidewalks along Constitution Avenue NW between First and Ninth streets; green space between Constitution Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Third Street NW; and John Marshall Park, the U.S. Navy Memorial and Freedom Plaza.

Their permit included the use of 14 Jumbotrons, 2,000 chairs and 2,000 portable restrooms, the Post reported. 


A permit has also been filed with the D.C. police department, because the march and the rally are taking place in two different jurisdictions. Information about street closures will be available soon.  

The rally was originally supposed to happen on the National Mall but the group's original permit request was denied because a film crew already had the space reserved for a student talent show.

Their permit reportedly included approval for two tables, two bikes and jump ropes. 

The film crew was provided with the contact information for March For Our Lives organizers but Litterst said it’s unclear if they ever reached out to accommodate the larger group. 

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the pro-gun control rally, including celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney. 

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The band Fall Out Boy is set to headline a benefit concert the night before the march, with proceeds going to Everytown for Gun Safety and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) organization, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence. 

Lyft is offering free rides for students taking part in the protest.