Claiming equality, women hold topless parade in New York City (Photos)


Activists paraded shirtless through the streets of New York on Saturday, flashing their chests to celebrate the 10th annual GoTopless Day Parade.

Walking to the beat of drums in a carnival-style atmosphere, dozens of men and women embarked on one-mile (1.6-kilometer) march from Columbus Circle to Bryant Park for the event, which this year falls on Women’s Equality Day.

Participants of all shapes and sizes held up placards proclaiming “Equal Topless Rights For All” and “War Is Obscene, Not My Nipples, Meditate 4 Peace Topless.”

Heavily out-numbered by spectators, the march was organised by US-based rights group GoTopless, which has spent 10 years campaigning for women to be able to go shirtless.

It is already legal for women to bare their breasts in public in New York, America’s fourth most populous state.

Parallel events were scheduled in other US cities, which this year fell on the 97th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, when American women were given the right to vote. – AFP


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