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Photos: On the ground at the Women's March on Washington

Hundreds of thousands of women — and men — swarmed to Washington, D.C. to show the newly inaugurated president what pressures he's up against for the next four years.

What was a sea of red hats Friday turned to a sea of pink Saturday, as the thousands who came to cheer President Donald Trump’s inauguration were replaced by many thousands more protesting it.

The Women’s March on Washington drew people from across the country, many in pink “pussyhats,” angered by what they saw as the racist and sexist campaign rhetoric that put Trump in office.

“I came out here because I want to be a voice for people who can’t be heard,” said Tempe resident Jane Konrade, 64, who came to Washington to meet friends for the march. “I have to do something to help this country stay on the right track.”

Friday, Trump was sworn into office with an estimated 250-300,000 people in attendance. The Women's March on Washington rallied together about twice that many people, with some assessments of the crowd nearing one million. Across the world, about 2.5 million women participated in over 600 sister marches, with thousands gathering in Tucson among them. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said a Phoenix march drew 20,000 people.

Speakers at the rally in Washington included Madonna, America Ferrera, Gloria Steinem, Michael Moore, Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson, Janelle Monae and more. The yells of gratitude as each of the speakers was cheered were deafening.

The event was supposed to include about three hours of rallies and speeches followed by a march across the center of Washington. However, as protesters began flooding the capital in droves much larger than anticipated, organizers realized there wasn't any way they could continue with their original plan. The march ended up stretching across three streets instead of one.

By 11 a.m. Saturday, the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority was already reporting 275,000 riders on the Metro subway, busier than most weekdays and about eight times as many people as a typical Saturday morning. At 11 a.m. Friday, the day of Trump’s inauguration, WMATA had recorded 193,000 riders.

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WMATA updated the numbers at 4 p.m. Saturday, when it reported more than 597,000 riders “with heavy crowds entering the system at all downtown stations.”

One Arizona resident who was there both days said there was a difference beyond the numbers.

Sierra Vista resident Johnny Silvercloud, 35, was at a Friday inaugural protest-turned-riot where D.C. police had to tear-gas and arrest some demonstrators who resorted to vandalism. He found himself back Saturday, smack in the middle of the Women’s March.

“The vibe for yesterday was more about resistance and the rejecting of Donald Trump,” Silvercloud said. “Here, today, seems like a celebration … women do have power.”

Many of the protesters were clad in their own pink hats and decorative signs as they marched across D.C. Chants included the usual — "Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!" — and the unusual: "Hands too small, can't build a wall" and "Fuck Trump's hate!"

There were no major altercations or arrests reported as a result of the march. With loads of children in strollers and grandmas with walkers more evident than potentially violent protesters.

The protesters marched in from all over the country, from their town homes in D.C., to San Francisco, Boston and even Tucson.

"Bear down," Kayla Flannery said to a man walking past her sporting a University of Arizona hat.

Flannery just began serving as a missionary in Detroit for two years and will be returning to Arizona after her service is over. 

"I plan on taking all of the encouragement and enthusiasm of the women here and making sure that people in Arizona know it as well," Flannery said. "Because I feel that everything doesn't always translate all the way out to the West Coast."

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Most protesters Saturday brought signs from home with messages ranging from “protect our earth” to “keep abortion legal” – to profanities directed at Trump, the most-sanitized of which boiled down to “He’s not my president!”

What began as a women’s march grew to include support for LGBTQ, Muslim, immigrant, disabled, female and minority populations.

Many of the signs were a direct response to an audiotape that surfaced during the campaign in which Trump can be heard bragging about groping women.

Women – and men and children – at Saturday’s march donned the pink “pussyhats” that have become trademark for the march – pink hats knitted or sewn to give the appearance of cat ears.

The march from the Hill to the White House was supposed to begin around 1:15 p.m. at Third Street and Independence Avenue, where many gathered to socialize, take photos and chant things like “Love Trumps Hate.”

But the crowd ended up being so large that actual marching was difficult. Very few protesters had maps or even knew where the starting point was, resulting in much less marching, and much more massing.

Tempe resident Cordelia Candelaria was at the march with her family.

“I’m marching for democracy, to let them know that women’s rights are human rights,” said Candelaria, a regents’ professor at Arizona State University’s Emeritus College and its School of Transborder Studies.

“It’s inspiring to see so many people who are taking action to hold our administration accountable, all generations, all colors, all states,” she said.

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A group of protester marches in Washington, D.C. during the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.