Topless rally in Asheville moves to more public location

A file photo from a previous  Go Topless rally in Asheville.

A file photo from a previous Go Topless rally in Asheville.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A topless rally is moving to a new location in Asheville this year, which some say will be more visible to tourists and visitors.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the “Go Topless” rally is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Park in the downtown area.

The previous location at another park was already reserved for a different event.

Organizers informed the city they are considering a march through the downtown but would stay on sidewalks — which means no roads would be closed.

According to Asheville rally spokeswoman LaDonna Allison, the event is designed to promote women’s equality. Her group says laws and social stigmas against women being topless in public are unfair.

Carl Mumpower, a former city councilman who’s been an outspoken critic of the rallies, faulted current members of the board for allowing the events to continue.

He says his concern continues to be the sexual misconduct that goes on at the park when everyone tries to pretend it doesn’t.

The rallies have seen a decline in the number of participants and spectators. The first event in 2011 drew an estimated 2,000 people and several dozen topless women.

The 2012 and 2013 events drew several hundred people, with about a dozen women baring their breasts.

Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

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