Common sense hasn’t yet returned to Philadelphia as “organizers of the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride say this year’s event will take place Aug. 28 and will require masks, based on the city’s earlier coronavirus restrictions.”
The Associated Press notes of the annual ride that thousands gather in a park, get naked and paint each other’s bodies followed by a casual ride through the city of brotherly love. “The naked ride is to promote positive body image, advocate for the safety of cyclists and protest dependence on fossil fuels” reports the AP.
This year’s ride is celebrating idiocy as well. Even though Philly removed most COVID-19 restrictions, organizers said they “hadn’t had a chance to chat since the city’s guidelines changed so for the time being, they’re ‘going to stick with our initial mask guidance.” Lead organizer Wesley Noonan-Sessa said they’ll keep an eye on the city’s guidelines in the next month or so.
Once naked but with an unnecessary face mask, riders will go on a 10-mile ride to famous Philly sites such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps from the “Rocky” movies.