Carrying signs with statements such as "make America kind again" and "women’s rights are human rights," thousands of people marched from Coolidge Park to downtown Chattanooga Saturday.

According to the Facebook event page, the purpose of the Women's March on Chattanooga was to allow locals to stand in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington and send a bold message to the country and the world about gender equality after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. 

While many marchers were protesting the new president, several were hopeful about the movement for equal rights.

"I want to make the world a better place and be around like-minded people," march participant Toodle Lee said. "I don’t want to be sad."

The crowd gathered in Coolidge Park to make signs and listen to several speakers, who fired up the audience before the march began. 

Click here to watch video from the Chattanooga march and the speakers. 

People of varying genders, ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and races participated in Saturday's march. 

Photos of the march can be seen below. 

People marched from Coolidge Park to downtown across the Market Street Bridge. (Photo: Ashley Day)
People of all ages attended the march. (Photo: Ashley Day)
Marchers supported several causes as they crossed the Market Street Bridge. (Photo: Ashley Day)
Several signs at the march played on some of Trump's popular phrases. (Photo: Ashley Day)
Participants advocated for equal rights for all sexual orientations, as well as genders. (Photo: Ashley Day)
Many men showed up to support gender equality. (Photo: Ashley Day)
Women and men of various ages marched in the event. (Photo: Ashley Day).
Women raise their fists in solidarity to support women's equality. (Photo: Ashley Day)
Many women wore pink hats with cat ears, a symbol for the march and a reference to a comment Trump made. (Photo: Ashley Day)
Many people held signs that said they wanted a better future for their children and grandchildren. (Photo: Ashley Day)

Ashley Day is a contributing writer for She is also a student at UTC, where she serves as opinion editor for The University Echo.

Updated @ 6:57 p.m. on 1/22/17 to correct a typographical error.