By mid-day, the crowds and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags started to roll up, as did the banners and messages conveying what January 26 means to many Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
Before we knew it, the crowd swelled into the tens of thousands, marching their way down Bourke St.
At the front of the Flinders St Station intersection, rally organizers let the crowd know "there is nothing to celebrate". Their message was clear: "change the date", "there's no pride in genocide", and "this land always was and always will be Aboriginal land."
As a reporter covering this event, it was inspiring to see the thousands who turned up to show their passion and support, but also the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth who were there - leading from the front, giving speeches and taking over the role of those who have gone before them.