Hundreds of thousands demonstrators marched the streets of America on Saturday, advocating for gun control and pouring their hearts out in memory of the 17 students who were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, just over a month ago. Stars like Miley Cyrus, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amy Poehler also joined the march, while others showed their support on social media.
The Washington, D.C. march was star and student-studded, as Parkland survivors presented masterful speeches with celebrity performances in between. The event kicked off with a collaboration between Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day and Baltimore’s Cardinal Sheehan School Choir’s performance of Day’s “Rise Up.”
Andra Day performed at @AMarch4OurLives today to support students across the country who are demanding that leaders take action to end gun violence in our schools and communities. Learn more about #MarchForOurLives and how you can help: https://t.co/BmyVgfevyh
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— Andra Day (@AndraDayMusic) March 24, 2018
Shortly after, Demi Lovato took the stage to sing her powerful song “Skyscraper,” ending with a hopeful “MSD Strong!” Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt gave an emotionally-motivated performance of their newly released song “Found/Tonight,” a mash-up of Hamilton‘s “The Story of Tonight” and Dear Evan Hansen‘s “You Will Be Found.” Later, Miley Cyrus, who had several members of her family with her, performed “The Climb” followed by Ariana Grande’s performance of “Be Alright.” Grande concluded by thanking the “brilliant” students leading the march. Jennifer Hudson wrapped up the march by giving a moving gospel rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”
George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the event in the name of their eight-month old twins, marched alongside the demonstrators. Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw matched that amount.
Other stars who participated in the Washington march include Parks and Recreation cast mates Natalie Morales, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza and Paul Rudd. Kim and Kanye Kardashian West brought their first daughter, North, with them to Washington.
Meanwhile in New York, Paul McCartney stood in solidarity with New York City protestors in memory of deceased bandmate John Lennon, who was shot and killed in New York almost 40 years ago. Cynthia Nixon joined as well, who just announced she is running for Governor of New York last week.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 24, 2018
Grammy award-winner Lady Gaga and author and actress Padma Lakshimi were also among the stars who joined in NYC. Gaga announced via Twitter that she would sponsor a bus from Harlem to the D.C. march that day.
.@BTWFoundation & I believe in the power of young people to create a better future. We’re so proud to stand with @MTV & @NAACP to support the young people marching for safer schools and communities. I am proud to sponsor a bus, heading from Harlem to DC for #MarchForOurLives
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 24, 2018
Across the country, stars such as Charlie Puth, Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber, Olivia Wilde and Yara Shahidi supported the movement in Los Angeles. At an L.A. event, comedian and actress Amy Schumer pressed for tighter gun restrictions, saying that celebrities get criticized for supporting social and political causes, and she simply wants to “keep our children alive.” Schumer has been a gun control advocate since two women were shot to death at a screening of her film Trainwreck in 2015. She posted a moving photo on Instagram, summarizing her thoughts.
Today I March for the students of Parkland and everywhere and I March for Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson. We need to digitize gun-sales records, mandate universal background checks, close gun-show loopholes and straw-man purchases, ban high-capacity magazines, and push for a comprehensive assault weapons ban with an extensive buyback system. Thank you Emma Gonzalez!. #notonemore #marchforourlives
Countless stars such as Selena Gomez, Will Smith, Hilary Duff and Taylor Swift also posted on social media supporting the cause.
My wardrobe for today. I am honored to support these students from all around the world who are coming together to, as Gandhi said “Be The Change”! . Add YOUR voice and join them on the streets today to show that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. To find the march closest to you, visit http://marchforourlives.com. #MarchForOurLives
Regardless of how many celebrities supported the event, the real stars were the brave students who organized and marched for a cause about which they strongly believe.
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