A quickly growing crowd marched through downtown Denver as President Donald Trump was inaugurated

Despite what is sure to be a weekend of virile protests this overcast Friday morning began with a quaint protest along Broadway. And so it begins.

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This overcast Inauguration Day morning began in Denver with a sizable protest that circled downtown, foreshadowing what may be a much larger weekend of marches.

About 20 people were in attendance early in this first event, a satellite of DisruptJ20, but that number grew dramatically over the course of a couple hours.

The Denver Police Department has declined to estimate the size of the crowd. Our staff on the ground estimated the march took up a city block and included perhaps a thousand people or more.

If you have a good shot of the crowd at its largest, please send it to us. Scroll on for more details and photos.

We interviewed people throughout the march, asking what had brought them out and what they hoped to accomplish. For many high school students, it was an introduction to organizing. Others said they were making their voices heard on issues of women’s and immigrant’s rights.

We saw no evidence of violence, though there were moments of tense confrontation. Sometimes that conflict came between members of a small pro-Trump group and the marchers, while in one case a young woman stood in support of police as others harangued her for supporting “fascists.” Police reported no arrests.

Saturday morning’s Women’s March, which will begin at 9 a.m., is likely to be the climax of Denver’s public protests this weekend.

Inauguration Day protesters who wished to remain anonymous picket on Broadway on the east end of Civic Center Park. Jan. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  inauguration; politics; election; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty;

Inauguration Day protesters who wished to remain anonymous picket on Broadway on the east end of Civic Center Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Inauguration Day protesters who wished to remain anonymous picket on Broadway on the east end of Civic Center Park. Jan. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  inauguration; politics; election; protest; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty;

Inauguration Day protesters on Broadway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Protesters gather on the Capitol steps on Trump's inauguration day. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Protesters gather on the Capitol steps on Trump's inauguration day. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)