Sunday, January 7, 2018, was the No Pants Subway Ride. The annual event gives people the opportunity to shed their britches and enjoy a nice, comfy subway ride. Um. Okay. There’s nothing like riding in a crowded underground car in your underpants with thousands of complete strangers. Even the frigid 17-degree weather couldn’t stop some New Yorkers from taking part.
We just don’t understand why they did it.
Back in 2002, seven New York City subway riders started the tradition and now there are thousands of participants each year. It is a prank intended to make people laugh. Riders shed their bulky, uncomfortable clothing and ride the rails. It is an organized affair and riders will take off their pants at different times on various subway cars.
Eventually, the “No Pants” riders make their way to Union Square where they meet for drinks and an after party. The festivities include DJs (it’s unknown if they wear pants) and bare-legged art installations. Very interesting.
That is if you are into that kind of thing.
Even though the pranksters get a free subway ride, there are some things people do not want to see. We don’t even want to think about how dirty the subways are. The thought of riding on a crowded train with a bunch of strangers in your skivvies makes your skin crawl. Doesn’t it? There are so many other ways to perform pranks, but everyone has the right to do what makes them happy.
So for any of you out there that are interested in participating in next year’s “No Pants” subway ride, here is a link for you to get more information: https://improveverywhere.com/2017/01/03/no-pants-subway-ride-2017-details-for-new-york/. You don’t even have to worry about losing your britches because they have an area where you can check your pants.
If you do decide to participate, just make sure your underpants are clean and hole-free.