When a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 17 students and educators were killed in the rampage. The horrific event left the South Florida community shocked and heartbroken. But amid the anguish and pain of losing 17 lives in the Parkland shooting, student survivors of the tragedy have taken a stand against the gun violence that robbed their beloved peers and teachers of their lives. The #NeverAgain movement was born, and now, students across the country are fighting for tighter gun control laws and regulations in the aftermath of the shooting.
On March 24, the student-led movement will protest gun violence during the massive “March for Our Lives” event. During the protest, kids and families “will take to the streets to demand their lives and safety become a priority.” The main protest will take place in Washington, D.C., but more than 800 sister marches are planned throughout the nation. For those not going to the march in D.C., the march in Parkland – which takes place at Pine Trails Park – holds symbolic significance, as it has been the site of vigils, memorials and rallies.
Here is what you need to know if you plan on attending one of the local marches in South Florida, as well as additional information to keep in mind if you’re going to the march in Parkland.
Carpooling, walking or riding a bike are strongly encouraged as ways to get to any of the local marches. The parking situation varies for each city, but as a general rule of thumb, going with a group is recommended, especially if you are planning on taking a car.
Using a ride-sharing service, such as Uber or Lyft, is also an option. Lyft will be offering free rides to those going to the march in Miami Beach. The promo code is available here. To get the free ride, enter the code in the "promos" tab on the Lyft app.
Please note: At the Parkland march, there will be no local parking available. There will be offsite parking/shuttle services at Lockhart Stadium (1350 Northwest 55th Street, Fort Lauderdale) and at Florida Atlantic University (777 Glades Road, Boca Raton). Shuttle services to Pine Trails Park begin at 7 a.m. and end at 10 a.m.
Shuttles back to the offsite parking lots will start at 2 p.m.
There will be limited parking for Parkland residents only at the Parkland Equestrian Center on the day of the march, according to the Coral Springs Police Department.
Event parking will not be permitted at North Community Park in Coral Springs, although it will be open to recreational activities.
WHAT TO BRING:
Light and comfortable clothing is recommended. Staying hydrated is also important, as several of the marches run for two miles or more. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, snacks and extra cash. Several marches will have food and water available for purchase on-site.
In Parkland, no bags or backpacks will be allowed unless they are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC. Fireworks, knives, sticks (that includes selfie sticks) and weapons of any kind will be prohibited. No golf carts will be permitted in or around the area.
10:00 a.m. |10555 Trails End, Parkland, FL 33076
The March for Our Lives event at Pine Trails Park starts at 10 a.m. Road closures will start at 6 a.m.
Pine Island Road from Westview Drive to Nob Hill Road
Trails End Boulevard from Pine Island Road to east of Pine Trails Park
Holmberg Road from the Westglades Middle School roundabout to east of Pine Island Road
10:30 a.m.| 201 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Boca Raton’s March for Our Lives event will begin at Boca Raton City Hall and end at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. The Boca march is being organized in conjunction with WeUnite, a nonprofit organization. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event.
Parking will be available at the following locations:
• Boca Raton City Hall
• Boca Raton Community Center
• Boca Raton Downtown Library
• Boca Raton Building Administration
• Mizner Park Amphitheater
11 a.m. | 7900 SW 40th ST, Miami, FL 33177
Kendall March for Our Lives participants will congregate at Tropical Park in Miami.
10:00 a.m.| 2231 Prairie Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Miami Beach march will start at 10 a.m. at Miami Beach Senior High School. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 8 a.m. and parking will be available at the City Hall garage. Shuttles will transport participants to Miami Beach Senior High. The march will head toward Collins Park at 10 a.m. and there will be several road closures, outlined below:
Dade Boulevard from Prairie Avenue to 24th Street and Pine Tree Drive
22nd Street from Collins Avenue to Park Avenue
21st Street and Washington Avenue - Eastbound lanes only
The Miami Beach march and subsequent rally is expected to have a large turnout. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and City Commission, Marjory Stoneman Douglas current students and alum, Emily Estefan, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Susan Windmiller of the Miami-Dade County League of Voters and other special guests will attend. Click here for more information
10:00 a.m. | 8395 NW 53 Street, Doral, FL 33166
The Doral March for Our Lives event will start at 10 a.m. in Downtown Doral Park.
10:00 a.m. | 601 City Center Way,, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
The march in Pembroke Pines will start at the Pembroke Pines Civic City Center at 10 a.m.
9:00 a.m. | 20200 Saddle Club Rd, Weston, FL 33327
The Weston March for Our Lives event is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the event stage at Weston Regional Park.
10:30 a.m.: 701 SW 71st Avenue, North Lauderdale, FL 33068
North Lauderdale’s March for Our Lives event begins at 10:30 a.m. at North Lauderdale City Hall. The event will be a two-mile walk through North Lauderdale.
This list will be updated as more information becomes available.