DC businesses roll out red carpets, brown bags for March for Our Lives activists
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Restaurants and hot spots around Washington are rolling out the red carpet for protesters joining the March for Our Lives in D.C. on Saturday, offering freebies to demonstrators.

Many of the giveaways tied to the anti-gun violence march, organized by survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, are geared toward students participating in the daylong event.

The March for Our Lives is set to feature a 12 p.m. rally on Pennsylvania Ave., blocks from the Capitol and White House. Sister protests are also being held nationwide.


The D.C. event will include Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt performing their anti-gun violence mashup "Found/Tonight," as well as speeches from the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting, which left 17 students and faculty dead.

Among the celebrities participating in the march are Ariana Grande, Julianne Moore, George Clooney, Jimmy Fallon and Demi Lovato.

Dave Delaplaine, the general manager of the Adams Morgan restaurant Roofers Union DC, says his eatery is partnering with a local high school to provide 300 lunches to student activists planning to attend.

“We are excited to do it,” Delaplaine said. Included with the brown bagged lunch is a note praising the marchers as an “inspiration.”

“And please remember,” the message says, “just because the White House and a stale Congress are in this city, Washington, D.C., is a wonderful city and we will support you every way we can!”

Roofers Union is not the only one offering to fuel student protesters in the form of free food. Celebrity chef José Andrés tweeted earlier this month that one of his D.C.-based spots would also dole out dishes at the March 24 protest.

Here is a list of some of the places participating in March For Our Lives specials on Saturday:

  • Beefsteak
    Half off for customers under 18 with valid student ID from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Cava
    Half off for customers under 18 with valid student ID from 11 a.m. to  5 p.m.

  • Commissary DC
    Proceeds from a March For Our Lives specialty cocktail will be donated to gun control organizations.

  • District Distilling Co.
    Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the March for Our Lives campaign.

  • EatWell Restaurants
    One hundred percent of proceeds from its #MarchForOurLivesCocktail will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety.

  • Garrison
    A portion of profits will be donated to the Parkland shooting-related fundraising campaign.

  • Ice Cream Jubilee
    Students who show ID and a photo of themselves at the march get a free scoop of ice cream. Ten percent off for adult protesters.

  • LeDeSales
    Happy hour specials will be expanded from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Lyft
    Offering $1.5 million in free rides to March for Our Lives protesters at demonstrations across the country.

  • MXDC Cocina Mexicana
    Discounted prix fix menu of $28 a person from noon to 5 p.m.

  • Pleasant Pops
    Downtown location will offer $2 pops and first 250 people get their pops for free.

  • Protein Bar
    Half off for customers under 18 with valid student ID from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • RareSweets
    City Center D.C. location will offer a free granola bar. The bakery will also donate 10 percent of proceeds on Saturday to the March for Our Lives Foundation.

  • Rasa
    Half off for customers under 18 with valid student ID from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Shake Shack
    Washington-area locations will have half-price burgers for students under 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sugar Shack Donuts
    Students under 18 with ID receive a free donut.

  • Sweet Green
    Students under 18 with ID receive 50 percent off.

  • Taco Bamba
    Students under 18 with ID receive 50 percent off.

  • The Bird
    Free meals for students under 18.

  • The Pig
    Free meals for students under 18.

  • Think Food Lab
    Navy Memorial location will provide students with ID showing they are under 18 with free food and drinks.

  • Ventnor Sports Café
    Hosting a sign-making event during brunch hours. A portion of proceeds will be donated to The Newtown Foundation.

Gabriella Munoz and Kaitlin Milliken contributed.