Naked and not having it: Nude Love Parade to protest SF’s bare-skin ban

Nude Love Parade, the annual naked stroll through San Francisco streets, will return on St. Patrick’s Day to protest the city’s nudity ban.

Since 2016, the parade has fallen on Valentine’s Day weekend, but this year the event was postponed because of rainy weather. Rescheduled to noon Sunday, the parade will start at Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro District and end at Haight and Stanyan streets.

Gypsy Taub, a nude activist, plans the event each year with her organization, Body Freedom Lovers, in addition to a nude “Summer of Love” parade each year in August.

“It is our birth right to be free — you can’t be free if you hate your body,” Taub said. “Nobody is entitled to tell you what to wear or not to wear, or what to do with your body.”

Parade-goers can opt for as much or as little clothing as they feel comfortable. The goal is to celebrate love and body freedom, organizers said.

The event grew out of a protest against the city’s nudity ban, passed in November 2012. This year’s parade is being co-organized by Fans of Urban Nudism, a group working to repeal nudity bans.

“We’re going to fight against (the ban) until it’s gone, whether we have to put it on the ballot or work with supervisors,” Taub said. “In the meantime, our goal is to normalize public nudity until people get used to it.

Ashley McBride is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: ashley.mcbride@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ashleynmcb

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