January 13, 2013- A.S.B
The pants are off! January 13th, thousands of pant-less strap-hangers world-wide hopped on public transportation for- The 12th Annual, No Pants Subway Ride. The No Pants Subway Ride, created by Improv Everywhere has grown from a small prank to an international celebration with dozens of cities around the world participating each year. This year’s event took place in 60 cities, in over 25 countries.
According to Improv Everywhere: “The idea behind No Pants is simple: 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.”
New York City participants gathered in 6 meeting places throughout the 4 boroughs, including yours truly. Those in downtown Manhattan headed to Foley Square. At 4pm, the large crowd was divided into several small groups and then entered the respective subways in the area. Each group then boarded a subway car; consecutively the trousers came off. There was one rule for participants if asked, “Why aren’t you wearing pants?” As a part of the joke, weren’t allowed to talk about the No Pants Subway Ride or Improv Everywhere. Instead, they were told to say “It’s too hot today”, “I forgot my pants” or “I don’t believe in pants”-leaving riders befuddled.
Boxers, Briefs, Underwear, and Thongs flooded the subways till the 59th street stops threw out the city; then headed to the last stop, Union Square. The cold weather didn’t phase the pant-less mob as they existed the Union Square stop. Participants were then greeted by a large conga line of panties, which engulfed the Union Square area. The crowd featured a mix of people of all ages, ranging from: parents with children, anime-fans, a Pedo-bear cosplayer; and yes, the free hugs guy. The night ended with an after-party at Bar 13, just two blocks down.
Happy No-Pants Day! – From Off-Tangent ~.^