Pull your pants back up and fasten your belt. This year, the annual “No Pants Subway Ride” event has been canceled. Depending on where you stand on the decidedly odd event, this could either be awesome or terrible news. Just like last year, the event organizers from Improv Everywhere decided to call the initiative off, leaving no opportunity for wild New Yorkers to board trains without pants on.
… The event had happened every year in January from 2002 until 2020, and participating New Yorkers and even tourists would hop on the subway wearing everything but pants. While the event is very much in line with NYC’s bizarre everyday encounters and events, it doesn’t solely belong to the Big Apple. In addition to NYC, the “No Pants Subway Ride” takes over 60 cities worldwide.
Scores of Londoners braved chilly January temperatures to ride the Tube in only pants in a celebration of ‘silliness’. Following a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic, the annual event returned with many commuters boarding trains simply to make other people laugh. The event has been running in London since 2009 and took inspiration from the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ in New York City
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