Every year, the fetus fetishists make wild claims about attendance.
Last year they said there were 15,000 people on the Hill. By chance, I ran across a screen shot from the Parliament Hill Cam that was taken right around what observers said was the peak, before the marching began.
Here it is:
According to the schedule for today's bunfest: gather at noon, listen to a bunch of glurge, start marching at 1:30.
Just about 1:15, someone tweeted that the marching had begun.
Peak looks to me to be at the 1:00 mark.
And doesn't the crowd look smaller than last year?
Which would be weird, given all the hoohaw going on with Woodworth's Wank.
What do you think?
We'll have to wait for the spin.
There's a lot riding on it this year. JJ, dBO, and I are making bets on what the wild claim will be. I've got 20K, JJ has 22K and dBO has 25K.
You got $10 and a guess?
ADDED: Here how Buckets did the math last year.
UPDATE: First number, from LifeShite: 19,500!
UPDATE from deBeauxOs who was not there but read a tweet from CBC reporter Brigitte Bureau, the Ottawa cops said 2,000. Heh. Who knew they were prochoice?
MORE UPDATE: CTV agrees that the numbers seemed lower than last year.
UPDATE: En français: Brigitte Bureau from Radio-Canada says more than 10,000.
UPDATE: Via CBC, RCMP estimate 10,000. Why, that would make LifeShite's claim just about DOUBLE. That's some chutzpah.
UPDATE: Via JJ a MASSIVE slap in the face from the Ottawa Sun (!!!!!!11!)
A much smaller crowd than expected slowed traffic during the March for Life on downtown Ottawa streets Thursday.
Organizers claimed they were expecting more than 15,000 pro-life supporters to converge on Parliament Hill. However, today's crowd on a cool, blustery spring afternoon is estimated at perhaps 4,000 people.
AAAAND: Johnny 'Tubesock Holocaust' Paycheck is REVVED.
RUH-ROH: Looking better for JJ. 680 News says more than 20,000. Let the inflation begin!
UPDATE FRIDAY: Somebody got to the Ottawa Sun.