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 . ”
“ I wouldn ’ t miss this for the world , ” said Rebecca Barwick , 35 , who traveled up from Virginia and works in the federal government .
“ It’ s important to send a message . These are our bodies . They should not be policed any other way than men ’ s . Men walk around like this all the time , so why is it such a big deal?”
Many inked “Go Topless ” across their chests and wore hair bands with breasts popping up from the scalp on springs . One woman wore a blue Wonder Woman cape , and a couple of men wore bras.
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 97 th anniversary of Women’ s Equality Day, when American women were given the right to vote. ( AFP)
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