SCRANTON -- Thousands of people from Pennsylvania boarded buses and headed for the Women's March in Washington, D.C. early Saturday morning.
One of the departure locations was on Adams Avenue in downtown Scranton.
It was a coordinated effort by several different bus companies. Organizers say in all, more than 15,000 Pennsylvanians were expected to head to Washington.
The buses left downtown Scranton at 4 a.m. in order to get the marchers to Washington on time.
The protesters joined people from all over the U.S. in the nation's capital to let their voices be heard on issues including women's rights.
"I really felt like I needed to do something positive, to feel uplifted to be surrounded by like-minded individuals and kind of like a show of force," said Claudia Glennan of Berwick.
Newswatch 16 spoke with Glennan via Skype on her way back to Berwick on a bus. It was one of hundreds of buses from all over the country. People say they were surprised by the amount of people at the march in Washington.
"Just being around like-minded people, it was just a good place to be today," said Forrest Bennett.
Riding home after hours of protesting, they tell Newswatch 16 they feel energized by the women's march.
"I guess this is something to do to get back to work to keep people fired up to show them we are not going anywhere," Bennett added.
People at the march hope their voices, in such large numbers, are heard by President Donald Trump.
"Hoping that it shows all the people, all the US senators, congressmen, our new president that we might not have voted for him, might not agree with him, but we are still here and they have to represent us," said Bennett.
Protesters say the next step is to make sure people are registered and informed for upcoming elections.