Between 1,200 and 1,400 people participated in Sundayâ€™s Million Gay March, according to Laura Martin, LGBT community liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department.
I finally caught up with Martin this morning to confirm the estimate. My independent estimate was a minimum of 1,000.
Martin said she was positioned in a patrol car with another officer near Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road during the march.
â€œShe and I each counted as people passed, and we each came up with between 1,200 and 1,400,â€ Martin said. â€œThatâ€™s going to be a pretty accurate estimate, I believe. Thatâ€™s the official police estimate.”
Asked about those who’ve suggested that only 300 people attended the March, Martin said, â€œWithout a doubt, thatâ€™s not accurate.â€