Thousands from the Tampa and Orlando areas are expected to march for gun control Saturday as part of the nationwide March for Our Lives grass-roots movement.

  • March for Our Lives events are scheduled for Saturday
  • Thousands of Tampa-, Orlando-area students to march for gun safety
  • Students want better gun safety legislation

March organizers say they are expecting possibly 1 million people to turn out for hundreds of rallies both in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Events are even planned overseas. In the nation's capital, students will walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. Singers Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato plan to attend.

At Plant High School, seniors Macie Lavender and Brooke Shapiro planned the March for Our Lives Tampa Bay, one of more than 800 student-led marches planned Saturday.

“It is frankly and simply to end gun violence,” Tampa Catholic High School student Madison Ramberac said.

The effort started shortly after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, which left 17 people dead, which emboldened a group of Douglas students to become outspoken proponents of gun control legislation. They're also pushing for more voter registration efforts.

Students said they want lawmakers to come up with legislation that makes gun safety a priority.

“We all have the power to create change as an individual, but as a movement, we can create so much more,” Lavender said.

The March For Our Lives Tampa Bay rally will begin at 10 a.m. at Kiley Garden in downtown Tampa.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Tampa Bay-area March for Our Lives scheduled events

March for Our Lives Tampa Bay

Details on St. Pete March

Details on Madeira Beach March

Central Florida March for Our Lives scheduled events

All events Saturday, March 24

Downtown Orlando
Lake Eola Park
512 E. Washington St.
Orlando, FL 32801
1 p.m.

The Learning Experience
2295 E. Semoran Blvd.
Apopka, FL 32703
1:30 p.m.

Mount Dora
Gilbert Park - Pavilion #2
310 S. Tremain St.
Mount Dora, FL 32757
10 a.m.

Wooton Park
100 E. Ruby St.
Tavares, FL 32778

New Smyrna Beach
Riverside Park
299 South Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
10 a.m.
More details at

Lake Wales
The Marketplace
Lake Wales, FL 33853
6 p.m.
Because of increased numbers, we now plan to conduct our candlelight vigil in The Marketplace, a public square one-half block north of Polk State Lake Wales

The Villages
1000 Lake Sumter Landing
The Villages, FL 32162
Noon-2 p.m.

Munn Park
201 E. Main St.
Lakeland, FL 33801
2 p.m.

Daytona Beach
Intersection of W. International Speedway Boulevard and S. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
10 a.m.