No Pants Day Subway Ride with Improve Everywhere


Commuters across the United States shed their pants on Sunday for “No Pants Day.”

The event started 8 years ago in New York City where participants with bare legs were required to mingle with other– equally half-naked– travelers.

Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 85 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York.

The annual event encourages riders to strip down to their underwear on the Subway as they go about their normal routine.

The event’s organizers, Improv Everywhere, said that as many as 3,000 people participated in the “No Pants Day” event in New York alone, with more participating in  other cities including Chicago and  Washington DC. It is estimated as many as 44  similar events took place in  transit systems in 16 countries!


According to its official website, Improv Everywhere is a long form improvisation troupe that executes pre-planned “missions” or performances that usually involve socially awkward or unusual situations.


Some commuters who participated in “No Pants Day” said they got phone calls from friends or invitations to join the event on Facebook.

The first Friday in May is another  “No Pants Day”.   But no pants in the Winter is a  little  funnier and crazier! 

It is said that earlier versions of No Pants date back to the 1990’s.



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