'Footloose' anti-dancing law finally repealed in Arkansas town

City passed ordinance in 1953

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A city in western Arkansas has repealed a law dubbed the "Footloose" ordinance by its citizens,which prohibited residentsfrom dancing on Sundays.

A city in western Arkansas has repealed a law dubbed the "Footloose" ordinance by its citizens, which prohibited residents from dancing on Sundays.

The Associated Press reports the 1953 measure outlawed the operation of public dance halls or any place with dancing on Sundays. The law came amid a series of law that prohibited other Sunday activities.

“It is ascertained and declared that present laws are inadequate to restrain public dances upon Sundays and that such dancing greatly endangers the public health, safety and welfare,” said the dancing ban’s emergency clause signed by former Mayor H.R. Hestand.

It's been two decades since someone in Fort Smith was cited for a Sunday boogie.

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