Every year, hundreds of people from Montreal brave the cold and take on the filthy subway in nothing but their undies.
This year, the Improve Everywhere initiative has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We look forward to hosting more large-scale events once it is safe to do so again,” they shared on their website.
Since the first ride in 2002, the event is scheduled for mid-January and spans across the world, popping up in New York, Vancouver, Montreal, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, San Francisco, and many others. According to the event’s website, the ride is “a celebration of silliness and nothing more — absurdity for absurdity’s sake.” Pantsless commuters, tourists and everyday citizens now participate in the day in over 60 cities worldwide.
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,” according to Improv Everywhere’s website. “The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.”
Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based “prank collective” devoted to creating “scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” The group has only two goals: to make others laugh and smile.
The group’s founder Charlie Todd called the No Pants Subway Ride a “celebration of silliness.”
“No Pants Subway Day” is to not be confused with No Pants Day, which is an entirely other event that takes place in May.