A Visual Comparison of Washington D.C. During the Inauguration and the Women's March

One of these things is not like the other...

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Yesterday, Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. And today, thousands of people descended on D.C. for the Women's March on Washington. One of these things was a high-profile political event and one was a grassroots movement, and in some pictures, it's a little hard to tell which was which.

Inauguration Day:

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Women's March:

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Metro's numbers confirm that more people rode this morning than Friday morning.

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And by this afternoon, Metro reported almost 600,000 rides, with "heavy crowds" at stations.

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And pictures from around the Capitol the morning of each event: 

Inauguration Day:

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Winter, Crowd, Headgear, Jacket, Pedestrian, Audience, Hood, Fence, Freezing, Dome,

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Women's March:

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Crowd, People, Winter, Social group, Hat, Mammal, Pink, Public space, Headgear, Audience,

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And these pictures from around D.C.:

Inauguration Day:

Winter, Leisure, Public space, Tourism, Ice, Freezing, Flag, Ice rink, Pedestrian, Ice skate,

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Motor vehicle, Land vehicle, Crowd, Car, Luxury vehicle, Bumper, Pedestrian, Bench, Sport utility vehicle, Flag,

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Women's March:

People, Crowd, Arch, Pink, City, Public space, Protest, Public event, Bridge, Arcade,

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Crowd, People, Event, Pink, Magenta, Interaction, Public event, Protest, Audience, Pedestrian,

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Crowd, People, Event, Pink, Mammal, Flag, Mascot, Public event, Protest, Government,

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Pictures from 12:15pm ET on each day:

Inauguration Day:

Urban area, City, Residential area, Metropolitan area, Neighbourhood, Town, Property, Infrastructure, Landscape, Suburb,

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Women's March:

Nature, City, Residential area, Metropolitan area, Urban area, Town, Neighbourhood, Property, Suburb, Landscape,

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CNN posted these pictures from EarthCam and they offer the most complete picture of the differences in the crowds at the inauguration and the Women's March on Washington. Both pictures were taken at 12:15pm—about 15 minutes after Trump was sworn in and when the march was in full swing.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrity and entertainment news, from actual royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty, like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen. She’s a Ravenclaw who would do great things in Slytherin. To learn more about her, google “Leslie Knope eating salad GIF.