Raising awareness of the horrors of domestic violence while, mourning the victims of this antisocial criminal behavior.
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by family violence, or you denounce this antisocial criminal behavior, we invite you to join the 15th Annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk—also known as Brides’ March—on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
For background information about Gladys Ricart and the March please visit the Mission and Goals page.
In commemoration of the 15th Annual March, various Routes have been formed in Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens to raise awareness about the horrors of domestic violence to a larger number of people. Please visit the Route page for specific information on the various contingents gathering throughout Manhattan, The Bronx and Queens.
After each contingent has walked approximately two miles in their respective community, marchers will make their way to the Hostos Community College Gym for the 2015 Closing Ceremony to begin at 3pm to 5pm. At the Closing Ceremony we will have food and refreshments for the marchers, and speakers and performances will memorialize Gladys Ricart and the countless other victims murdered in domestic/family/intimate partner violence.
The Hostos Community College doors will open at 2pm for the public and media to begin gathering. The Hostos Community College gym is located at: 450 Grand Concourse, and 149th Street, 3rd Floor, Bronx, NY 10451. Directions: Train IRT # 2, 4 and 5 to 149th Street (Eugenio Maria de Hostos Boulevard) and Grand Concourse. Bus Bx1 or crosstown Bx19 to 149th Street.
A goal of the 15th Annual March is to have a minimum of 200 women walking in wedding dresses alongside 300 men dressed in black. Please visit the Wedding Dress webpage for the Marchs’ symbolism of marching in a wedding dress. We encourage women to wear white wedding dresses but if you cannot or do not want to march in a wedding dress, please wear All white. If you want to march in a wedding dress but don’t have one, visit the Wedding Dress webpage for information on how to obtain one.
The Brides’ March needs men who denounce domestic violence to join forces in publicly denouncing and raising awareness of this antisocial criminal behavior. We ask that Men please dress in All black representing mourning for those who have lost their lives to this crime.
Everyone is welcomed to bring to the March any size picture of the person(s) whose life was taken as a result of domestic violence. Marchers carry the pictures during the walk and at the Church the pictures are place at the Alter/podium to memorialize those we are remembering during the March.
Join us in remembering Gladys Ricart and the countless other victims, and in raising awareness of the horrors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence/family violence on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
To get a count of the number of people expected to attend, please register at the Registration page. Also, please be sure to review the Disclosure page for important information about participating in the Brides’ March.
Get involved by helping to spread the word about the Brides’ March through your social media outlets. For additional information contact Grace Pérez, Brides’ March Coordinator, at BridesMarch@aol.com