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March 24, 2018 3:49 pm

Hundreds of thousands of people converged on Washington, D.C. on Saturday to participate in the March For Our Lives — an effort led by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students with the goal of ending gun violence. Aerial photos provided a sense of the March For Our Lives crowd size on Saturday.

Organizers estimated that the March For Our Lives attendance in Washington, D.C. reached about 800,000 people, NBC News reported on Saturday afternoon. Law enforcement officials have not yet released an official crowd size estimate, but said they had prepared for 500,000.

The 2017 Women’s March attracted an estimated 500,000 people in Washington, D.C., according to crowd scientists cited by the New York Times, though some estimated it was even more. Crowd size is often difficult to determine exactly, and it can be a point of contention — as the long-running controversy over President Trump’s inauguration crowd size indicated.

Saturday’s demonstration brought downtown Washington to a standstill. From the foot of the Capitol to the White House more than a mile west, Pennsylvania Avenue and its tributaries were mobbed with demonstrators. They carried homemade signs while chanting, “Never again,” and “Vote them out.”

President Obama’s January 2009 inauguration, by comparison, was estimated at one million to 1.8 million attendees.

The crowd at the March for Our Lives Rally as seen from the roof of the Newseum in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018. Galvanized by a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to take to the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday in the biggest protest for gun control in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / Alex Edelman (Photo credit should read ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

With reporting by Nash Jenkins/Washington, D.C.