Topless porn stars in a bike parade

Reuters
Aug 21, 2006 at 04:54pm IST

Wellington: A parade of 30 topless porn stars riding motor bikes down the main street of New Zealand's biggest city will go ahead, officials said on Monday.

Auckland City Council on Monday gave the "Boobs on Bikes" parade the green light, saying there was no legal reason to stop it despite concerns by some councillors that granting it a permit would add legitimacy to the event.

The parade, part of an "Erotica Expo" organised by local entrepreneur Steve Crow, will proceed down Auckland's Queen Street from midday on Wednesday.

RIDING HIGH: Police said they did not regard the parade of leather-clad porn stars as indecent. (Photo: AP)

Police earlier said they did not regard the parade of leather-clad porn stars as indecent.

"In the opinion of the police, given the standards of decency observed in this day and age, a female being topless in a parade on a weekday in Queen St will not in itself constitute an indecent act," police inspector Rob Abbott wrote in a letter to The New Zealand Herald newspaper on Monday.

However, the behaviour of the participants during the parade might still attract the attention of police, he warned.

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