Thousands take to the streets of downtown Portland for Earth Day 'March for Science'

PDX Science March (Photo: Pilar Velez on Instagram).

Saturday morning, a 1,000+ person march made its way through the streets of downtown Portland in the name of science.

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"The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments," reads the front-and-center statement on the national event's website.

For Portlanders, the event began with a handful of speakers in Waterfront Park. The roster included politicians, business leaders, innovators and scientists. See the list of speakers here.

By 10 a.m. Saturday, more than 1,000 people had already gathered at the park. Around 11 a.m., The large crowd began to march down Naito Parkway.

The march included more than just scientists. Nearly 7,000 people committed to attending the Portland march on the event's Facebook page.

An official attendance number has yet to be released.

The Saturday march reconvened at the Waterfront around noon for a continuing rally and science-fair type show.

Those driving through the city likely experienced some traffic headaches due to street closures related to the march Saturday. And unfortunately, Saturday's traffic nightmare isn't over.

Between this march, a Blazers home playoff game, a Timbers home game and bridge and highway closures, traffic is going to be messy.

The Portland March for Science was just one of more than 500 taking place in cities across the country.

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