March For Our Lives event to wind through downtown Portland

Thousands take to downtown Portland in national March For Our Lives event (Photo: Tristan Fortsch/KATU)
Thousands take to downtown Portland in national March For Our Lives event (Photo: Tristan Fortsch/KATU) 

PORTLAND, Ore. —

Thousands of people marched through downtown Portland Saturday as part of the national March For Our Lives event.

The national movement was organized by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The Portland march kicked off at the North Park Blocks at 10 a.m. and ended with a rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portugal. The Man will perform a free concert for the attendees.

Portland-area students made speeches in Pioneer Courthouse Square as the crowd continued to grow throughout the morning.

LIVE COVERAGE

Several other marches happening around our area on Saturday. Click here for a complete list.

Traffic and TriMet Impacts

A number of streets closed in downtown Portland during the event.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation said all lanes on West Burnside is closed from 9th to Broadway, and all lanes of Southwest Broadway will be closed from Burnside to Yamhill.

The march is also affecting bus and MAX lines. The 15, 17 and 20 bus routes will be detoured from about 10:30 a.m. to noon. Also, TriMet is closing both Pioneer Square north and south MAX stations. that means anyone riding the Blue or Red line will need to get off prior to or after Pioneer Square. That’s expected to last from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can watch live coverage of the march right here on KATU.com and on our Facebook page. .

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