NYC activists plan alternative gay pride march for same day

A participant waves a flag near the Flatiron Building during the 46th annual Gay Pride march June 26, 2016 in New York. New York kicked off June 26 what organizers hope will be the city's largest ever Gay Pride march, honoring the 49 people killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre and celebrate tolerance. (BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN — Activists who believe that New York City’s massive gay pride parade has become too corporate are planning an alternative “Queer Liberation March” on the same day.Both events on June 30 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots that helped spark the modern gay rights movement. The alternative march is slated to start at 9:30 a.m., while the main pride march will start at noon.Organizers of the alternative event said Tuesday that they are negotiating with the city Parks Department for a rally in Central Park after their march.

Lawyer Norman Siegel says the alternative march will live up to “the spirit of what happened here 50 years ago.”

Cathy Renna, spokeswoman for the main march, says she hopes the other event is a success.

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