Thousands gather in Park City for Women's March on Main the day after inauguration

(KUTV) They carried posters, wore pink hats with cat ears and chanted about science, women's rights and unity.

Flocking to Park City -- already crowded for opening weekend of the annual Sundance Film Festival -- the thousands of women, men and children who gathered on Main Street joined in solidarity with those marching in Washington, D.C. and in hundreds of other cities around the nation and the world.

"The entire world is focusing on Park City with the film festival right now, and we wanted to be here with all of those eyeballs looking at us," said JR Holbrook, who headed into the ski town to be part of what he considered a historic moment for the country.

An estimated 8,000 people descended on Park City's Main Street Saturday, reports KUTV's news sharing partner, The Salt Lake Tribune, joining another half-million marchers in Washington and hundreds of thousands more from Sydney to Boston and Nairobi to San Francisco.

"This is the time to make a stand for equality, for women's rights," said Jessica Mattinson of Park City, who marched with her 8-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. "I want [my kids] to live in a world that is fair."

Marchers braved a snowstorm that blanketed the mountain town and snarled traffic on I-80 and US-40, delaying car and bus loads of people hoping to walk down main carrying signs admonishing newly-inaugurated president Donald Trump and encouraging others to protect women's rights, a free press and diversity.

TV host and comedian Chelsea Handler hosted the event and rally, dubbed the Women's March on Main, lamenting Hillary Clinton's loss to Trump, pointing to Planned Parenthood as a source for not just women by men and encouraging marchers to stay motivated.

"This is 2017, not 1917," Handler said during her rally speech. "We shouldn't have to fight for the progress we already made."

Other speakers included actors Maria Bello, Mary McCormack, Connie Britton and Aisha Tyler. Celebrities in the crowd, as spotted by the Tribune, included Laura Dern, Charlize Theron and John Legend.

Dolores Huerta, the 86-year-old co-founder of the United Farm Workers, also took to the podium, urging the the crowd to mobilize.

"Ladies, feminists — men and women — we have to take the power," said Huerta, who is also the subject of the documentary film, Delores, which premiered at the festival Friday. "You remember Tupperware parties? We should have democracy parties."

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