ASHEVILLE (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 rally is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Park in the downtown retail and dining area, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.
The previous location at another park was already reserved for another event.
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.
“What reason do they have for saying it’s OK for a man but not for a woman?” Allison said. “I just want to be treated equally.”
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.
Greg Meyer with the Spiritex clothing store across the street from park said he didn’t think his shop’s sales would suffer, but he is concerned about visitors encountering something they did not expect.
“There will be a lot of families with children and tourists here.” Meyer said.