Topless rally moves to visible location

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

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the rally is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Park in the downtown retail and dining area.

The previous location at another park was already reserved.

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

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.

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