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Anniversary Of Historic March Expected To Draw Up To 50,000

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech at the March on Washington 50 years ago.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech at the March on Washington 50 years ago.

With thousands of people from all over the country expected to descend on D.C. for the anniversary of the March on Washington, local authorities are making sure the city is ready to handle the big crowds.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says that, based on hotel bookings, bus reservations and other information, the city has a rough estimate of how many people will make their way to Washington for the 50th anniversary of the historic march on Washington.

"You know we fully anticipate, just from looking at rough data on stuff that's coming in, 30,000 to 50,000 people easily, and it certainly could be more than that," Lanier says.

That rough estimate does not include all of the people from the D.C. region who may participate in the events.

The official anniversary is Wednesday, Aug. 28, but there will be major events and marches leading up to that date, including on Saturday, when there will be a major march and rally on the National Mall.

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