NEW YORK - The New York City Police Department on Friday said tight security plans are being finalized ahead of this weekend's 49th annual Pride March.
The event will begin at noon on Sunday.
Unlike in years past, the march will start at 16th Street and head south down Seventh Avenue before turning east on Christopher and West 8th streets.
The Fifth Avenue portion of the parade will be northbound through the ending at 29th Street.
"We have to be mindful of the rhetoric that's been out there, the rhetoric that is part of the doctrine of certain terror groups including ISIS and al Qaeda against the LGBTQ community. We have to be mindful of history, the Pulse nightclub shooting where groups and places have been singled out for acts of violence," said NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller.
"People have a right to freely express themselves as queer people, whether members of the police department, whether members of activist groups, whether members of resistance groups and the Gay Officers Action League supports the rights of all people to express themselves freely," said NYPD Detective and Gay Officers Action League President Bryan Downey.
The event will feature 50,000 participants and 600 volunteers.
Police encourage anyone who may see something that appears to be suspicious to find a police officer, call 911, or call the terrorism tip line at 1-888-NYC-SAFE.