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Virginia March for Life

The first annual Virginia March for Life was a huge success, with Virginians from around the state of all ages coming together to fight for life on a blessed beautiful spring day. It was a powerful day as close to 7,000 people descended upon the Capitol marching for the sanctity of every human life. Thank you to everyone who came and witnessed to the truth. Our elected officials heard you loud and clear!

We look forward to seeing you this year on February 13 at the 2020 Virginia March for Life. But remember, we need each and every one of you to be involved and advocating for life in the meantime! Join our network.

Register

While registration isn’t required, it is helpful for us to know how many to expect. Click the link to register.

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help make the day run smoothly, please consider donating your time to make this the best state march for life yet in the commonwealth!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our FAQs below for information about bus drop off location, parking, etc. Join the Virginia Catholic Conference network to receive Virginia March for Life updates.

Will signs be provided?

We encourage you to be creative and bring your own signs! It is likely that many groups will have signs available as well. You can find sign ideas at March for Life.

Note:  Signs on sticks are not permitted on Capitol Grounds.

Is registration required?

No; registration is not required, but is encouraged! There are no tickets for this event – we hope every pro-life Virginian will attend! The registration link can be found here.

We do encourage you to join our Virginia Catholic Conference network, so that you can be added to our list to receive information about this event and other legislative agenda items. You can join our network.

Can I visit my Legislator?

Yes! We encourage you to make your voice heard as a constituent! Look up your representative.

The member’s offices are located in the Pocahontas Building, located at 900 East Main Street (across the street from Capitol Square).  Before entering, all visitors are screened by a magnetometer and all items that are permitted inside the building are screened by an x-ray device.

When can I make office visits?

There is time both before and after the March to visit the offices of your State Senator or Delegate. 

The Virginia Catholic Conference has advocacy materials and information to know before you visit offices!

Members start caucus meetings at 11:00am, so we recommend arriving at Pocahontas either early in the morning, or after the March in the afternoon.

Where should our buses drop off and pick up participants?

Those attending Mass:
The Greater Richmond Convention Center is located on 403 N 3rd Street, a few blocks from the Capitol and the rally location so it will be easily walkable.  Buses can drop off at the Convention Center entrance located on 5th street. The Mass will take place in the Grand Ballroom.

*UPDATE TO DROP OFF/PICK UP LOCATIONS*

Those NOT attending Mass are encouraged to be dropped off by 10:30am:
The address of Capitol Square is 1000 Bank Street. Buses should drop off groups on 9th Street, next to Capitol Square, between Bank St. and Grace St.  For handicap and stroller accessibility, participants should be dropped off at Grace St. and N 9th St.

WE HAVE CHANGED THE PICK UP LOCATION:

Due to requests by Capitol Police, buses will now be parking at Browns Island.  Parking for Buses will be along 5th street between Byrd and Tredegar and the Federal Reserve lot between 5th and 7th streets along Byrd and Tredegar.

Bus pick up will not be permitted after the event. A shuttle service will be provided after the March (between 2:00- 3:00pm) to transport groups from Capitol Square to their buses at Browns Island.  Groups also have the option to walk back to Browns Island after the march (about 7 blocks from the Capitol, and downhill). Group leaders will need to have direct phone or text communication with their drivers, since buses will not be able to park on or next to Capitol Square.

Attendees are encouraged to visit their legislators after the March. 

Is bus parking available?

Buses may park at Browns Island, about 1 mile from the drop off at Capitol Square.  Parking for Buses will be along 5th street between Byrd and Tredegar and the Federal Reserve lot between 5th and 7th streets along Byrd and Tredegar.

If the Browns Island parking fills up, there is additional overflow bus parking available at the Diamond Green Lot, located at 3001 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230.

What are parking options for vehicles?

Please note there is no public parking on the Capitol Square grounds.

Greater Richmond Convention Center is a good option for parking – it is a just a 10 minute walk to the Capitol Square grounds. The address for the Parking Garage of the Convention Center is 351 N. Third Street. More detailed directions can be found HERE. Cost is $7.00 per vehicle for the entire day.

Public Parking: A limited number of metered public parking spaces (2 hours) are on Bank Street, between Governor and 14th Streets, on the south side of Main Street, between 9th and 12th Streets and on 12th Street between Main and Bank Streets.

Pay parking lots and decks are nearby on 8th and Grace Streets and 7th and Marshall Streets. Downloadable maps of nearby parking lots and decks are available, as well as rates for these areas.

Note: Due to ongoing construction projects in Downtown Richmond, some parking lots listed on the links above may not exist any longer. If you have any questions about parking lots in the Capitol vicinity, please call the Capitol Tour Desk at (804) 698-1788.

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