Go Topless Parade in NYC This Weekend

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In honor of Go Topless Day on Saturday, women’s equality activists will march in Midtown in the 9th annual Go Topless Parade 2016.


The marchers will gather at West 58th Street and Eighth Avenue at 11 a.m., according to the event’s press release. The parade will go down Broadway and turn east on West 48th Street. The parade will then turn at Second Avenue and end at Dag Hammersjold Plaza at East 47th Street and Second Avenue.

At the plaza there will be a rally from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

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Go Topless Day falls on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, which is Aug. 26. Marrying the celebration — or protest — of topless laws in cities across the country with the day women won the right to vote in the U.S. “is only logical,” according to organizers, because “the right to go topless for women is based on gender equality as their right to vote once was.”

New York is the ideal location since it’s already legal for women to go topless in NYC. Since 1992, New York has been one of the world’s few cities to legally recognize women’s topless rights.

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A couple years ago the NYPD ordered its officers not to arrest women for being topless in public, removing the risk of being cited for public lewdness or indecent exposure.

In New York, police will block off streets for GoTopless Pride Parade pass, see parade map below.

GoTopless is inviting both men and women to “stand up with topless pride” on Aug. 28 to honor the 96th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day and to support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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