Following an angry showdown at Union Square between antifa and Trump supporters on Monday, which led to multiple arrests, hundreds of May Day protesters made their way south on Broadway, and eventually ended up at a buoyant rally at Foley Square. Organized by the Workers World Party, the People's Power Assembly and more left-leaning groups, the march featured an array of eclectic demands, with alternating chants of "Eat the Rich," "Israel go to hell," and "We're fabulous don't f--k with us" breaking out throughout the evening.

Near the intersection of Broadway and Astor Place, the march came to a standstill as the NYPD held up its leaders at a stoplight. A phalanx of officers from the department's Strategic Defense Group—a unit officially tasked with counterterrorism work but regularly deployed to police protest—held stalled demonstrators to the sidewalk. In that moment, one protester carrying a Mexican flag emerged from the packed masses and made an offering to the police: a shimmering blue can of Pepsi. The officers declined.

In addition to the labor advocates, supporters of immigrant groups, gay rights, climate science, Palestine, and Black Lives Matter were all well-represented. Many of those in attendance said they were glad to see increasingly diverse groups getting involved with what has historically been a workers' holiday.

"We just see every day how connected we are," Anne Pruden, a retired trade unionist and hospital worker from Brooklyn, told Gothamist. "When the low wage workers can't afford the rent, and we're being displaced from our communities because of gentrification, and at the same time the racist attacks on black leaders and individuals, like yesterday in Texas where another teenager was murdered. We're just so connected, thanks to social media."

"There's so many causes right now," agreed Ali Murphy, an activist based on the Upper West Side. "I'm here because of the privatization that they want to do the public education system. I'm here because Goldman Sachs owns the world right now. We're being oppressed all over the world—economically we're being oppressed, and the militarization of this country."

Murphy was one of many to point out the large police presence, and to express frustration that marchers were not permitted to enter the street at any point. Loreli Crowder, a climate activist from Inwood, said that the May Day gathering featured the largest police presence of any protest she'd attended.

"They have the police on the flanks, they have police on motorcycles," Crowder told Gothamist. "I noticed undercover cops. It was almost like they were preparing for a throw down. I was telling my friend: This is like the Black Mirror episode, and now we're living it."

That earlier tension between protesters and the NYPD seemed to dissolve by the time the marchers made their way into Foley Square, where a slew of speakers such as Mayor de Blasio and Linda Sarsour offered solidarity with the May Day crowd.

As the sun began to set, "neo-soul funk band" the Institute for Flyer Learning took the stage, enlivening the crowd as marchers, many of them carrying red banners and black flags, continued streaming into the square.

A spokesperson for the NYPD said that 32 people in total were arrested in connection with May Day protests on Monday. The NYPD could not immediately provide details about the various charges.

With Scott Heins.