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Calgary nude family swim takes place, clothed in secrecy

A Metro reporter asked to attend the event, to talk to some participants while fully clothed. But the event organizer said we must go bare or bust.

Calgary Councillor Jeromy Farkas speaks to reporters in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 after the city cancelled a controversial nude swimming event.

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Calgary Councillor Jeromy Farkas speaks to reporters in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 after the city cancelled a controversial nude swimming event.

The controversial naked family swim planned by Calgary Nude Recreation went ahead Sunday.

City administration put the kibosh on the original swim, planned for Jan. 14, because of security concerns, amid massive public backlash.

Only members could attend, and strict ID requirements for adults and children were put in place.

The event officially took place at an undisclosed location, but chit-chat on social media -- and the presence of a small group of protesters -- indicate that it took place at the Southland Leisure Centre, as the original event was supposed to.

Metro asked an organizer if a reporter could attend the event to speak to some of the participants (clothed!). But the organizer, who styles himself Naked Jeff, said, “If you wish to attend, you must participate like everyone else.”

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