Outrage over man's letter bashing yoga pants leads to parade protest

One of the comfiest articles of clothing to wear is yoga pants -- which results in some people wearing them outside the yoga studio. A Rhode Island man, however, took such issue with this that he wrote a letter to his local paper.

Last week, Alan Sorrentino wrote a letter to the editor at The Barrington Times entitled "Letter: Please, women, put away the yoga pants." In it, he expressed that he believes women over the age of 20 should only wear yoga pants if they are exercising.

"From casual to formal, weddings, funerals, shopping, and even for the workplace, yoga pants are everywhere on women of all ages, usually paired with a blousy top and a pony tail hairdo," Sorrentino wrote. "What a disaster!"

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"Do yourself a favor, grow up and stop wearing them in public," he continued.

Sorrentino's letter was not well received. In fact, hundreds of women marched in a peaceful Yoga Pants Parade in protest.

The parade was advertised on Facebook beforehand, with over 4 thousand people invited. "Let's take a leisurely walk through the neighborhood wearing our most comfortable pair of yoga pants," the event page said.

The event clarified that the protest was for fun. "This is NOT a hateful protest against Alan," it said. "This a wonderful group of people celebrating our bodies and our right to cover them however we see fit."

Over 400 people, many of those women and young girls, marched in the parade. Sorrentino was apparently invited, but declined.

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