Starting at City Hall and winding its way towards Congo Square, they marched for a cause close to many hearts.

Moms who've lost their children to violence in New Orleans took each step as a reminder of a loved one, lost.
Patrina Peters knows this well.

"Very emotional, very emotional, and I know for me, I kind of got overwhelmed at the beginning, because it’s getting close to the six years of my son,” said mother and supporter Patrina Peters.

The "Taking a Stand" march, sponsored by WWL-TV, also teamed up with Mayor Mitch Landrieu's "Welcome Table New Orleans" initiative and the Mother's Circle group.

The procession, dotted with signs, reminded participants and on-lookers of the need to end the violence.

In true New Orleans fashion, the somber gathering ended on an up-beat note with a brass band playing inside Armstrong Park.

Those who attended say they know ending the violence is something that won't be easy, but can happen and is worth the fight.

“It brought tears to my eyes but tears of joy,” one man said. “That someone is actually stepping forward and doing something because all these lives that have been lost. Its history and her story, it all needs to come together.”

“I think by everyone being out here, they're willing to put some physicality behind the desire for change in this city,” artist Brandan “B-Mike” Odums said.