A clear message for Trump supporters.
A clear message for Trump supporters. Nate Gowdy

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Compared with recent years, May Day 2017 was relatively calm. Still, big crowds show up for the day's numerous protests. Photographer and regular Stranger contributor Nate Gowdy caught two of them: The annual March for Workers and Immigrants Rights and Seattle's first (and hopefully last) Stand Against Communism rally at Westlake Plaza. He went home with some striking photos:

A marcher burns sage.
A marcher burns sage. Nate Gowdy

El Comités annual March for Workers and Immigrants brought out a large crowd.
El Comité's annual March for Workers and Immigrants brought out a large crowd. Nate Gowdy

Protesters carried some pointed signs.
Protesters carried some pointed signs. Nate Gowdy

The march was an all ages event.
The march was an all ages event. Nate Gowdy

Laborers, immigrants and allies all turned up on Monday.
Laborers, immigrants and allies all turned up on Monday. Nate Gowdy

This happened.
This happened. Nate Gowdy

At Westlake, Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters engaged in lively debate.
At Westlake, Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters engaged in lively debate. Nate Gowdy

Trump supporters showed up with helmets, kneepads and flags.
Trump supporters showed up with helmets, kneepads and flags. Nate Gowdy

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Reporters were ready for smashy smashy, but mostly saw scenes like this.
Reporters were ready for smashy smashy, but mostly saw scenes like this. Nate Gowdy

Anarchists and Trump supporters shared at least one joint. Welcome to Seattle.
Anarchists and Trump supporters shared at least one joint. Welcome to Seattle. Nate Gowdy

Some of the debate got heated.
Some of the debate got heated. Nate Gowdy