New Orleans famed nightlife district in and around Bourbon Street saw a different kind of night on Thursday, as dozens of nightclub workers and dancers took to the streets to protest against the government shutdown of eight strip clubs.
They came out in the French Quarter carrying signs like “Strippers' rights are human rights,” and chanted “my body my choice” and “save our jobs”.
Social media users took to Twitter to voice their support for the industry workers.
The strip clubs were raided twice in January in what officials said was for prostitution and drug violations. Some of those clubs have since been allowed to reopen.
New Orleans is also preparing to host the annual Mardi Gras parades starting next week.