Thousands watch baretop ride

The Dominion Post 08 November 2008

The city’s leaders called it “sleazy and cynical” but about 8000 Wellingtonians turned out to see the Boobs on Bikes parade. At its first appearance in the city yesterday, the motorcade of more than 20 topless porn stars atop Harley-Davidsons roared from Post Office Square down a crowded Lambton Quay before the stars walked on to Parliament’s grounds. The largely male audience ranged from businessmen to gangs of wolf-whistling construction workers, mixed with curious mothers and smirking teenagers – all clicking away on their cameras in lines sometimes four-deep.

…Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast was unavailable for comment yesterday but a council spokesman said she found the parade “sleazy and really cynical”, with little public support. Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said it was “an absolute disgrace” the parade had been allowed on Parliament’s grounds. “Maybe the parliamentary security and police were blinded by the porn stars.”