SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousands of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City to protest what they called the "uptight" laws of Utah.
Undie Run organizer Nate Porter says the goal of the event Saturday was to organize people frustrated by the conservative nature of the state's politics.
Nudity was prohibited by organizers. Participants donned bras, panties, nightgowns, swimwear or colorful boxer shorts — and some added political messages by expressing support for causes like gay marriage on their chests, backs or legs.
Salt Lake City is the home of the Mormon church, which is a vocal opponent of gay marriage.
Porter estimates 3,000 people participated in the run, which began in downtown Salt Lake City and circled past the state Capitol building about a mile away.
Editor's note: The Associated Press story calls Salt Lake City the home of the "Mormon church." The actual name is Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
"My goal is to change Utah. To make this state lighten up once and for all," said Nate Porter, organizer for the run. "I'm trying to draw people in that are jaded by politics."
Dressed in only panties and boxers, thousands packed the Gallivan Center and made a dash towards Utah's capitol. For some, the run came with a message.
"This is all about peace, love and supporting equal rights for LDS, non-LDS, gay, straight, doesn't matter," said Lisa Jackman.
But some worry that the message was lost; so many were focused on the fun and the idea of dancing in their drawers.
"I see a lot of political messages maybe, but honestly I'm just here to have a lot of fun," said Kevin Norton. "I don't look at this stuff, I don't pay attention to it."