Why is the No Pants Subway ride in January? Why wouldn’t it be held, in, say, July?
We have a theory about this. We think it’s to weed out the undedicated. Traveling on the subway pantless in January takes much more bravery than it would to undertake the same endeavor in July, when lots of people are wearing short shorts and skirts.
Traveling on the subway sans pants in January takes a special kind of resilience.
The No Pants Subway Ride is put on every year by Improv Everywhere. It started as a prank with seven guys, and it’s multiplied exponentially into an international event of silliness. Dozens of cities participate around the world every year.
The concept of the day is as simple as it sounds: passengers board the subway in the middle of the winter without pants. Everyone is instructed to wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves.
To check out the history of the No Pants Subway Ride, and join the email list, visit the event’s site here.
To participate, wear everything normal on the top, a pair of underwear on the bottom, and meet up at one of the seven meeting points throughout the city at 3 p.m. sharp on Sunday, January 10th. The journey will last until around 5 p.m.
Those in Astoria will meet at Hoyt Playground. Brooklyn's participants will meet by the Old Stone House. Downtown Manhattan's spot is Foley Square, LES participants should meet at Sarah Roosevelt Park on Houston, and Queens participants will meet at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park.
Uptown Manhattan's people will meet at the Great Hill in Central Park, and Williamsburg and Bushwick people will meet at Maria Hernandez Park.
If you do participate, you'll definitely want to attend the party at Webster Hall afterward. We're guessing you'll be able to use a couple of drinks after riding the subway without pants.
Watch the video below to learn everything you need to know about this crazy, crazy day.