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Annual No Pants Subway Ride hits cities around the world

  • A passenger not wearing pants takes part in the No Pants Subway Ride in Prague, Czech Republic, on Sunday. AP

  • A passenger buys a slice of pizza while taking part in the No Pants Subway Ride in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. The No Pants Subway Ride began in 2002 in New York as a stunt and has taken place in cities around the world since then. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Petr David Josek

  • Passengers prepare to take part in the No Pants Subway Ride in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. The No Pants Subway Ride began in 2002 in New York as a stunt and has taken place in cities around the world since then. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Petr David Josek

  • Young wait to ride on the subway with no pants on as they join a global happening in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, amid freezing winter weather outside. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) Czarek Sokolowski

  • Passengers take part in the No Pants Subway Ride in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. The No Pants Subway Ride began in 2002 in New York as a stunt and has taken place in cities around the world since then. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Petr David Josek

  • Young people riding on the subway with no pants on as they join a global happening in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, amid freezing winter weather outside. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) Czarek Sokolowski

  • Young people with no pants ride the subway train during the event 'No Pants Subway Ride' in Berlin, Germany, Sunday Jan. 8, 2017. What started in New York City in 2002 with a just a handful of people has blossomed into a worldwide movement involving thousands. No Pants rides are scheduled Sunday in about 50 cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP) Maurizio Gambarini

  • Young people with no pants wait for the subway train during the event 'No Pants Subway Ride' in Berlin, Germany, Sunday Jan. 8, 2017. What started in New York City in 2002 with a just a handful of people has blossomed into a worldwide movement involving thousands. No Pants rides are scheduled Sunday in about 50 cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. (Maurizio Gambarini/dpa via AP) Maurizio Gambarini

  • Steven Blomquist, of Somerville, Mass., center, wears no pants while riding a subway train during the event "No Pants Subway Ride" Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Boston. The annual event was started in 2002 in New York. Organizers say pants-less subway rides are scheduled to take place this year in dozens of cities around the world. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Steven Blomquist, of Somerville, Mass., center, speaks with Tim Lewis, of Boston, right, while wearing no pants as they ride a subway train during the event "No Pants Subway Ride" Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Boston. The annual event was started in 2002 in New York. Organizers say pants-less subway rides are scheduled to take place this year in dozens of cities around the world. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne


Associated Press
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Subway riders around the world got an eyeful when their fellow transit users stripped down to their underwear on Sunday for the annual No Pants Subway Ride.

The event, organized by the Improv Everywhere comedy collective, started in 2002 in New York with seven participants.

“We want to give New Yorkers a reason to look up from their papers, from their phones, and experience something that’s a little different than their average run-of-the-mill stuff,” said Jesse Good, one of the event’s organizers.

Pants-less subway rides were scheduled to take place this year in dozens of cities around the world, including in Boston; Berlin; Prague; and Warsaw, Poland, organizers said. Philadelphia’s version was sponsored by a laundry delivery service, which asked participants to show up with extra pants or other clothing to donate to charity.

Participants are told to get on trains and act as they normally would and are given an assigned point to take off their pants. They’re asked to keep a straight face and respond matter-of-factly to anyone who asks them if they’re cold.

Moments before entering a Manhattan station, Peter Saez said it was his third time going pant-less.

“People who don’t understand what we’re doing will look at us like we’re doing something bad or wrong,” Saez said. “It’s just for fun. It’s a fun trip, that’s all.”

Toni Carter planned on stripping down to her tight boxers with little polka-dots.

“Not very often do I have an opportunity with a group of people to take my pants off and show it whatever I got to show,” Carter said.

Wei Wei, a student from China who just moved to New York, was curious about the event but was on the fence about whether she was going to go through with taking off her pants. But there was no hesitation for Angela Bancilhon, a tourist from Australia who had her husband and two young sons along for the ride.

“It’s fun. Why the hell not?” Bancilhon said. “We’re in NYC. Why wouldn’t you?”