The anti-gun violence demonstration was conceived by the students behind Never Again, the group created after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL that left 17 dead. Organisers said that the event drew about 800,000 people, making it the largest protest in the capital's history. There were also sister marches in about 800 other locations across the globe.
In downtown Washington, protesters braved a cold morning that would go on to feel like a quintessential spring day. Several marchers talked to Refinery29 about everything from anger at lawmakers' lack of action to curb gun violence, to the policies they would like to see implemented at the local and national levels, and how inspiring they found the Parkland teenagers and all the other young activists that had worked tirelessly to keep pushing the debate about gun safety forward.