(Image courtesy 2 Million Bikers to DC)
(WXIA) -- Organizers said a massive motorcycle rally in Washington on Wednesday is set to go forward, despite being denied a permit by the National Park Service.
The group, 2 Million Bikers to DC, says the ride through the nation's capitol will go forward, even if it takes the entire day.
The ride commemorates the 9/11 attacks, and according to the group's national coordinator, Belinda Bee, who was interviewed by the Washington Times, the ride and rally were initially planned as a way to protest the "Million American March Against Fear," which is also set for Washington and scheduled for noon Wednesday. The march is sponsored by the American Muslim Political Action Committee.
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Bee noted that "Muslims get enough attention. It's time for America to get attention."
The National Park Service granted a permit for the march earlier this year. The permit was for an expected attendance of about 1,000 people in downtown Washington. The motorcycle ride, according to the Park Service, would be much more disruptive, given the number of riders and traffic disruption.