It was fun, colourful and noisy. Our chant leader was very focused on condoms. The police presence was unesscessarily large. There was one arrest, and it was of a pilgrim who attacked some protesters a few metres down from where I was. He was led away in handcuffs with photographers swarming around him.
The reports don’t really cover the spirit of the event. For one thing, there were many more than three hundred people there. Also, people cycled in and out of the various events throughout the day; my most conservative estimate is that over five hundred people were involved.
Atheists, GLBT activists and sexual abuse survivor advocates marched next to aboriginal rights activists, feminists, socialists and others. What the protest really displayed was the many different groups of people the Catholic Church has managed to piss off.