It was very shocking when Jim mentioned to me about this tradition or annual “mooning”. What? It was really crazy to me! Hahaha! Last Saturday(to satisfy my curiosity), my husband decided that we’d go and take a peek. It was a little late and the traffic just seemed congested near the place. Then, at the intersection- the police stopped all the incoming vehicles. Oh well, guess it's worth a try, lol!
As to how it all started- here’s what I got:
The birth of the Mooning tradition, refer to the Sunday July 11, 1999 edition of The Orange County (California) Register newspaper, and the article headlined as, "Full moon over Amtrak keeps Laguna Niguel tradition alive", as follows: Twenty years ago (1979), at The Mugs Away Saloon, a K.T.Smith told his buddies he'd buy a drink for all who would run outside to the rail road tracks and "moon" the next train, which many did. The mooning tradition has prevailed, but there is no longer a volunteer to buy free drinks for thousands of "Mooners".
As to what happened last Saturday, here’s more of that stuff- according to LA Times.
Police halt 'mooning' of trains in Laguna Niguel after a crowd of 8,000 gathers
Some bared more than their bottoms, the Orange County Sheriff's Department says.
Police were called out to break up the annual "mooning" of Amtrak trains in Laguna Niguel on Saturday when the crowd grew to 8,000 and many began baring more than just their behinds.
"We had some mooners and some female flashers and some people who were nude altogether," said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "There was also lots of drinking. We felt that it was in the public's interest to shut it down."
Mooners, flashers and others dispersed peacefully about 3 p.m. and there were no arrests, Amormino said. More than 50 officers responded from several police agencies, backed up by helicopters.
Some participants were angered by the police response.
More of the story here...