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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

No Pants Subway Ride

A highly anticipated and somewhat controversial event is here and people are ready to celebrate. Get ready to drop your drawers, folks. It’s time to strip down to your skivvies and go bare down there! Today is the No Pants Subway Ride, an annual occasion observed in cities all around the world.

The premise behind the event was simple. The folks at Improv Everywhere wanted to know what would happen if a person hopped on a subway smack dab in the middle of January wearing a heavy winter coat, comfy gloves a woolly scarf but no pants? Would anyone notice? The resounding answer was yes!

It all started in 2002 when seven brave men took their pants off for the first No Pants Subway Ride in New York. The following year, 30 people participated – including women. In 2006, the event caused quite a stir when eight people were handcuffed in their undies and taken into custody – although the charges were later dropped. And you know you hit the big times when former talk show host, David Letterman, spoke about it in his monologue. In 2008, 900 pantless people took part in the prank in New York as nine other cities joined in. In 2014, people from 60 cities in more than 25 countries took their pants off for the event. Although some have tried to ban it, the event goes on.

Participation is simple. Whether you prefer boxers or briefs, tighty-whities or ganny panties, you must be ready, willing and able to take off your pants on the subway and able to “keep a straight face about it” - no bones about it! Enjoy the ride - and the view!


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