The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event which is stagedÂ 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 citiesÂ 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 eventÂ 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, 11Â and people weren’t shy to join in despiteÂ chilly 32 degree weather.
Over 4,000 volunteersÂ met at previously arrangedÂ meeting points spread out all over the city and converged on Union Square. The event also was heldÂ in 60 cities in over 25 countriesÂ around the world.
The parade of bare thighs took placeÂ in Mexico City, Sydney, Paris and other major cities. Thus, inÂ ChicagoÂ nearly 200 participants braved low temperatures for a pants-free event. In the capital of Great Britain, the celebration is known asÂ No Trousers On The Tube Day and often unveilsÂ unusual underpants. Travelers boarded the subwayÂ at different stops to further confuse the unaware.
In Boston, during the 2015 No Pants Subway Ride festivities, citizens celebratedÂ eighth year of train riding withÂ temperatures hoveringÂ 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 theÂ 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 wereÂ not encouraged. Organizers urgedÂ 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.