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BARRINGTON, R.I.  — 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  mostly women and young girls marched 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.

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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