UPDATE Sunday 12:12PM: A crowd of about 300 people gathered for a candlelight vigil and march against hate last night at the Plymouth Pillars Park at Boren and Pike overlooking downtown Seattle. The crowd rallied in occasional drizzle before marching up Capitol Hill, down Broadway and through the heart of Pike/Pine.
Organizers said the purpose of the event was to bring attention to hate crime as an ongoing problem that has not gone away. Lonnie Lopez told CHS, “First and foremost, we want to inform people of the fact that there are hate crimes being committed against lgbt people in Seattle and actually around the country. Strange as it may seem, there are still a lot of people who don’t know this is happening or don’t understand the extent to which hate crimes are happening.” Check out this CHS’s write-up for a list of recent incidents and more from Lopez.
As the march progressed, chants brought onlookers out of bars and restaurants and even managed to bring David Schmader’s performance of Straight to a halt as the crowd marched up Pike in front of the Annex Theater. “As the chanting got louder and louder, eventually he had to stop and try to figure out what was going on,” Uncle Vinny reports in the comments below. “Someone called out that it was the gay pride march, and we all laughed at the coincidence.”
Here are the pictures and observations I broadcast live from last night’s march:
8:44 PM: Tonight’s candlelight vigil at the columns
8:56 PM: Heading up Pine
9:08 PM: Waiting on Broadway
9:11 PM: Into heart of Pike/Pine
9:14 PM: Quinn’s lends support
9:24 PM: Home stretch. Heading home to upload video and a few more pictures
Some additional photographs and video coming.
The march at Broadway and Pike: