The Latest: Hundreds defend yoga pants in protest parade

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Posted: Oct 23, 2016 7:57 PM

BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on a yoga pants parade in Rhode Island (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

The organizer of a yoga pants parade held in response to a man's letter lamenting the attire says the author of the letter is backpedaling by saying it was a joke.

Jamie Burke says even if Alan Sorrentino was joking, it doesn't change the tone of his message.

More than 300 people peacefully paraded Sunday around the coastal Rhode Island town of Barrington wearing yoga pants in response to Sorrentino's published letter calling the garb "ridiculous."

Sorrentino had told WPRO-AM he hoped readers would enjoy the letter as a break from presidential campaign rhetoric and that he enjoys yoga pants and even owns a pair.

Burke said parade participants were asked to respect a quiet zone as they passed Sorrentino's home.

A call to Sorrentino on Sunday went unanswered.

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4:15 p.m.

More than 300 people have paraded around a coastal Rhode Island town clad in yoga pants in response to a man's letter to the editor lamenting the ubiquitous casual apparel.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2eX6LU5 ) mostly women and young girls marched peacefully Sunday in the yoga pants parade in Barrington.

Many wore comfortable pants of various styles and colors.

The protesters marched throughout neighborhoods, some holding signs that read "Peaceful Pants Party."

They also collected items for a local domestic violence organization. They ended with a group yoga session.

Alan Sorrentino had told WPRO-AM he hoped the letter published in the Barrington Times would be enjoyed as a break from the current political campaign rhetoric. He said he received death threats because of his letter. Police were seen in front of Sorrentino's home.

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12:09 p.m.

A Rhode Island man who penned a letter to the editor complaining about women wearing yoga pants says it was meant to be humorous and he doesn't have an issue with yoga pants.

Alan Sorrentino tells WPRO-AM (http://bit.ly/2euKOXY) he hoped the letter published in the Barrington Times would be enjoyed as a break from the current political campaign rhetoric.

The letter generated a huge outcry and a group of women say they'll parade through Sorrentino's neighborhood Sunday afternoon dressed in yoga pants.

Organizers say the march is not a protest against Sorrentino but part of a bigger movement against misogyny and men dictating how women should dress.

Sorrentino says the response to his letter was "vicious" and he's received death threats. He asks marchers to stay away from his home.

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12:26 a.m.

Women clad in yoga pants are preparing to parade through a coastal Rhode Island town, right past the house of a man who derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous.

The Sunday afternoon parade is a response to a letter that town resident Alan Sorrentino wrote to the Barrington Times describing yoga pants as the worst thing in women's fashion since the miniskirt. He said women over age 20 shouldn't wear them in public.

Organizers of the march in Barrington say it's a celebration of their bodies and not a protest against Sorrentino. They say it represents a bigger movement against misogyny and men deciding how women should cover themselves.

Sorrentino tells WPRO-AM (http://bit.ly/2euKOXY ) that he has received death threats and is asking marchers to stay away from him home.