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Thousands turn up for Sonoma Plaza Women’s March

Women's March in downtown Sonoma, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2017. Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune.

LORNA SHERIDAN,

A light rain was falling at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, when the first people began showing up in downtown Sonoma for the Women’s March. By 11 a.m., the rain had stopped and more than a thousand women, men and children set off around the Plaza.

Under the watchful eye of a half dozen Sonoma County Sheriff's office personnel, the crowd spilled over the horseshoe and off the sidewalks as the marchers attempted to make their way around the Plaza. At its peak, the crowd was estimated by one law enforcement officer to be at or around 3,000.

Many marchers had already left when the crowd spilled out into the intersection between Napa Street and Broadway. A Sonoma County police scanner dispatch at 12:05 p.m. announced, “Crowd control needed. There are 2,000 people blocking the crosswalk in downtown Sonoma.”

While predominantly female, the crowd included hundreds of men and children marching and carrying protest signs.

Spotted among the cheerful marchers were Sonoma City Mayor Rachel Hundley, Rebecca Hermosillo from Congressman Mike Thompson’s office, Sonoma County Board of Education President Gina Cuclis, Sonoma schools Superintendent Louann Carlomagno, Sonoma school board member Nicole Ducarroz among others.

Sonoma’s Women’s March ended peacefully and quickly as rain began to fall around 12:30 p.m.