At 10 a.m. Saturday, women and girls are asked to check in at the Pavilion dressed as Rosie the Riveter, the iconic character who appeared on famous WWII-era recruitment posters and represented women working industrial jobs to support the war effort.
If you have trouble finding the right gear, Rosie Rally bandanas and socks are available for sale at The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, which opens seven days per week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000, Richmond.
Following a rally at the Pavilion, a parade of Rosies will walk along the Bay Trail to Marina Bay Park, the site of the annual Home Front Festival. The festival will hold music, food, vendors and fun activities from noon to 4 p.m.
The Rosy Rally is being held by the National Park Service in coordination with the Rosie the Riveter Trust, City of Richmond, and Richmond Museum Association. It is part of a friendly rivalry with a Michigan group since March of 2014, when 776 women and girls dressed as Rosie met at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI., setting the initial record for gathering of Rosie lookalikes.
Last year, the record was broken at The Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Marina Bay Park in Richmond when 1,084 lookalikes gathered. Shortly after, however, the Michigan contingent stole back the record by gathering more than 2,000 lookalikes at Willow Run Airport, the former WWII bomber plant.
Ahead of Richmond’s goal to reach 5,000, organizers are encouraging participants to use public transportation or cycle to Craneway Pavilion, where racks will be available to lock up.
Also from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., three shuttle buses will be available: One will transport participants between Richmond BART station, Marina Bay Park and the Craneway Pavilion; another will run from the Craneway Pavilion to Marina Bay Park and back; and the third shuttle will run between the Craneway Pavilion and the Red Oak Victory Ship.
All three shuttles will be free and open to all members of the public.
Parking will be available near the Craneway Pavilion and in a parking lot near Marina Bay Park, although spaces closest to Craneway will be received for visitors with disabilities and employees. Street parking is also available.
“The rally event recognizes and commemorates the important work women – and all workers – did on the Home Front during World War II, and many original Rosies will be there to participate and cheer on the younger generations,” organizers said.
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