Despite bare breasts being the most serious problem plaguing NYC this summer, men and women have tore off their shirts to march through Midtown this afternoon for National Go Topless Day, a celebration of women's legal right to bare their breasts in public.

"For 23 years, New York has been a beacon of topless equality," Go Topless spokesperson Rachel Jessee said in a news release. "But few women exercise their topless rights in New York even now. Shame and guilt are deeply ingrained, and they find it hard to break free. The purpose of the Nipple Pride Parade is to empower them to overcome those feelings."

Over 50 women showed up at Columbus Circle for the start of the march around 1 p.m., with plenty of NYPD officers in tow (but keeping a respectful distance). Photographer Scott Lynch said it seemed to be "more [people] than ever [participating]...but everyone I spoke to had signed on before desnuda controversy. Instagram #freethenipple seems like the biggest inspiration for newbies." Perhaps because of the desnuda bullshit, the marchers avoided Times Square this year, and instead walked down 6th Avenue to Bryant Park.

We'll have a full report on today's activities tomorrow. Until then, everyone be respectful of the women, and watch out for sharp objects.