No Pants Subway Ride 2015 Takes Off All Over the World

Annual event was thought to be a prank but it has become a global celebration of bare thighs.

  • People across the globe ditch their pants to celebrate the event. Photo: Improv EverythingPeople across the globe ditch their pants to celebrate the event. Photo: Improv Everything
  • 'No Pants Subway Ride' day 2015 Participants of the 'No Pants Subway Ride Hamburg 2015'. Photo: Improv Everything'No Pants Subway Ride' day 2015 Participants of the 'No Pants Subway Ride Hamburg 2015'. Photo: Improv Everything
  • People walk down stairs and take escalators as they take part in the annual No Trousers On The Tube Day event in central London. Photo: Improv EverythingPeople walk down stairs and take escalators as they take part in the annual No Trousers On The Tube Day event in central London. Photo: Improv Everything
  • No Trousers on the Tube Day in London. Photo: Improv EverythingNo Trousers on the Tube Day in London. Photo: Improv Everything
  • A young participant in Prague's No Pants Subway Ride. Photo: Improv EverythingA young participant in Prague's No Pants Subway Ride. Photo: Improv Everything

The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event which is staged by comedy group Improv Everywhere every January in Big Apple.

The mission of the No Pants Subway Ride initially looked like a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with numerous cities around the world participating each year.

What are the rules? According to Improv Everywhere, “Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.”

The idea behind this event is quite simple: volunteers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.

This year’s No Pants Subway Ride took place on January, 11 and people weren’t shy to join in despite chilly 32 degree weather.

Over 4,000 volunteers met at previously arranged meeting points spread out all over the city and converged on Union Square. The event also was held in 60 cities in over 25 countries around the world.

The parade of bare thighs took place in Mexico City, Sydney, Paris and other major cities. Thus, in Chicago nearly 200 participants braved low temperatures for a pants-free event. In the capital of Great Britain, the celebration is known as No Trousers On The Tube Day and often unveils unusual underpants. Travelers boarded the subway at different stops to further confuse the unaware.

In Boston, during the 2015 No Pants Subway Ride festivities, citizens celebrated eighth year of train riding with temperatures hovering around 28 degrees.

“It’s to cause a little bit of a scene but not to offend,” Justin Hardesty, 35, who has been participating in the Chicago no-pants ride for eight years and has organized the event for six years, told the Redeye edition of the Chicago Tribune. “Everyone has underwear. Everyone is legally appropriately dressed. We’re not out to offend. We’re out to give people something to talk about.”

Costumes were not encouraged. Organizers urged participants to wear proper attire. Thongs are discouraged. Hardesty said he typically wears two pairs of underwear. “I don’t know if I want just one layer of fabric between me and the CTA [Chicago Transit Authority] seat,” Hardesty said.

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