And though the AP reported hundreds of participants in this misguided protest, that appears inflated. The Political Fix blog on stltoday.com claimed there were "more than 1oo mostly-naked bikers," though with "gawkers, the crowed was easily larger than 300." The Belleville News-Democrat reported "dozens" of bikers.
With titillating aspect of this event curtailed by the police and a relatively small crowd appearing, this protest event really turned out to be a dud. My apologies to all for writing about it.
It does serve as a good reminder, though, that there are at least dozens (News-Democrat) and possibly hundreds of really unintelligent people out there who actually believe that a mindless protest makes a difference. Watch out for them. And when you see them, tell them about the wonders of California and New York. Maybe they'll move to be with their own kind.