There were so many great things that happened at the March For Our Lives over the weekend. The kids who are primed to take over the world organized an event that made all of us listen up, and their efforts paid off — turnout was great and the tide is turning for gun control. There were a lot of great moments on Saturday, but this might just top them all: There was a Parks and Recreation mini-reunion at the main Washington, D.C., march, as several of the show’s stars got together to march to end gun violence.
Natalie Morales, who played Lucy on the show, posted a photo to Instagram that shows she was marching with costars Billy Eichner, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza and Paul Rudd. All five stars carried signs supporting Everytown for Gun Safety, and Rudd wore a shirt that read, “Protect kids, not guns.”
They were joining hundreds of thousands of people who marched to ask Congress for gun control measures that will help curtail school shootings. The march was organized by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors after the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 students and staff members there.
Unfortunately, a few Parks and Rec stars were missing. But they were still supporting the march, even if they couldn’t be with their costars. Amy Poehler posted a selfie sporting a March For Our Lives shirt, and Nick Offerman joined another march and posted a photo of one of his favorite protest signs he saw along the way.
The Parks & Rec crew were far from the only celebrities who attended the march. Musicians Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Common, Demi Lovato, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt all performed at the Washington, D.C., march. George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the event, were there marching, as were Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Amy Schumer and Paul McCartney, who marched in remembrance of John Lennon, who was killed by gun violence.
Additionally, these celebrities were among the hundreds of thousands of people who marched across the U.S. and around the world Saturday to protest gun violence. But the highlights of the day were undoubtedly the impassioned speeches by the high school students who survived a mass shooting at their school in Parkland, Florida. Among the students who spoke were David Hogg, Sam Fuentes and Emma González, survivors of the shooting who have also become the face of the movement to make stricter gun control laws a reality since the Feb. 14 shooting at their high school.
The fact that these kids (yes, kids — none of them are even old enough to vote) are so well-spoken and organized and fighting for this change is downright inspiring. If anything sums up this movement and this event, it’s their speeches, in which they honor their friends who have been killed in school and call on lawmakers to finally do something about this. When we say they’re going to take over the world, we really mean it.