The Brides’ March offers a much-needed opportunity to raise awareness about the crisis of domestic violence in Lawrence and nearby communities. This annual walk is held in memory of Gladys Ricart, a Dominican immigrant who was murdered by her estranged boyfriend on her wedding day in New Jersey on September 26, 1999. We remember women, men and children who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in the Commonwealth of Mass. Resources will be made available for those currently living or who know of someone who’s in an abusive relationship.
Walkers and supporters gather and lead a peaceful march around north Lawrence and return to the point of origin for a special program and vigil. Women are encouraged to wear donated wedding dresses or to wear all white. Men are encouraged to dress in black, in solidarity for all of the fallen victims of domestic violence.
This event is held in different states, including Miami, FL., Newburgh, NY, and Milwaukee, WI. Attracting hundreds of supporters annually, the Lawrence Bride’s March is the only one of this kind in Mass., and the 2nd largest in the nation.