Bare-chested protesters fill Times Square for annual GoTopless Day

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TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan — Bare-chested women and men took to the streets of midtown Manhattan as critics have complained about topless tip-seeking in Times Square to celebrate GoTopless Day.

GoTopless Day  takes place in cities around the world to stand up for a women’s right to go topless in public.

The parade takes place every year on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26.

According to the GoTopless website, on Aug. 26, 1920, women earned the right to vote. The United States Congress dubbed the date “Women’s Equality Day” in 1971.

The event comes as the city continues to deal topless women grabbing tips in Times Square.

“I don’t think it’s not appropriate but anything goes here I guess,” says a tourist.

In New York women and men can do this at anytime walk around with the top down.

“On a hot summer you just want to go without anything and feel the breeze anywhere,” says a marcher.

Appearing topless is legal in New York but Mayor Bill de Blasio and others believe the body-painted women who take photos with tourists are a nuisance.

De Blasio has even suggested doing away with the pedestrian plaza at the “Crossroads of the World.” And Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he fears the practice is reminiscent to the “bad old Times Square” of yesteryear.

But not all New Yorkers have a problem with it.

“I feel people have to make a living, it’s just one creative way to do it I guess,” a New Yorker told PIX11.

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