One of the worst experiences of a typical national march is the rally beforehand. Social movement leaders who’ve called you to Washington, DC to march know they have you, so they typically plan rallies ahead of time, rallies with speakers who drone on and on and on about all sorts of topics related (or worse, not related) to the protest itself. It’s like an NPR pledge drive with the radio strapped to your ears.
This is why I’m happy to find out that when activists gather for the National Equality March (an October 11 demonstration in DC to end inequality under law by sexual orientation), the rally will take place after the march. The straps are off! Ah!