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Marchers gather for "Walk for Life" down Yakima Avenue

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Even with the snow and ice people still marched through the streets in Yakima for the "Walk for Life".

Police blocked off streets as marchers made their way toward Millennium Plaza. "Walk for Life" is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Yakima. It's meant to raise awareness about abortion. It comes just one day before the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the US.

The event started with a service at Saint Paul Cathedral on Chestnut Avenue. The crowd then made their way down Yakima Avenue. Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson says he was happy to see so many people at the event.

"It's a great encouragement to see so many people witnessing to the gift of life. I'm very, very grateful to see a wonderful turnout here for our annual Walk for Life," says Tyson.

The walk ended in Millennium Plaza, where marchers released balloons, listened to speeches and joined in prayer.

The walk was nearly called off after the winter storm that hit Yakima earlier this week, but the warming temperatures melted the snow on the roads.

The bishop will also hold a special mass this Monday in Saint Paul Cathedral at six PM.