What began as a prank involving seven brave people has evolved into a huge, annual event which draws thousands. Which is surprising, considering it involves being pantsless.
The “No Pants Subway Ride”, which has been happening every year for over a decade now, was held on Sunday in New York City. As hundreds of passengers looked on, groups of people at several different stops got on the train like normal and then removed their pants, leaving on the rest of their winter clothing. Of course, by now, many are familiar with the event and don’t look twice; but twelve years ago, a little comedy group called Improv Everywhere pulled off the stunt with straight faces as onlookers goggled and decided it was something they wanted to keep going.
“It makes you feel invincible; superior, because nobody else has any idea what’s going on,” one participant said.
An estimated 4,000 people participated in the event last year, and it has grown to include cities like Philadelphia, Boston, and New Orleans as well.