IMAGE: Porn star on parade
Wayne Drought  /  AP
One of two dozen topless porn stars rides on a motorcycle down Auckland, New Zealand's Queen Street on Wednesday. The "Boobs on Bikes" parade was designed to publicize an erotica show.
updated 8/23/2006 4:50:22 PM ET 2006-08-23T20:50:22

Two dozen bare-breasted porn stars paraded on motorcycles and military vehicles down the main street of New Zealand's biggest city Wednesday after beating efforts by Auckland officials to prevent the promotional stunt.

Thousands of people, many of them clicking away with cell phone cameras, lined the street for the “Boobs on Bikes” parade by male and female porn actors, most semi-clad in black leather, to publicize an erotica show that opens in Auckland later this week.

The crowd — four deep in some places — was reportedly bigger than that for the city's annual Santa Parade at Christmastime.

Organizer Steve Crow, a local multimillionaire porn movie distributor and producer, earlier had won approval for the parade from the city council, infuriating its conservative mayor and several councilors.

Mayor Dick Hubbard said he would review local bylaws in a bid to prevent any more topless parades in Auckland.

"We do want a vibrant city, (but) I think the parade does our image harm rather than good," Hubbard said.

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