Thousands of commuters in over 60 cities strip for No Pants Subway Ride day

17 January 2016 / 9 months 1 week ago

Jan 17, 2016

It is the time of the year again when commuters around the world head towards a common destination: A No Pants Subway Ride day.

The annual event, which started in New York, is coordinated by a group called Improv Everywhere, CNN reported.

The group describes itself as a "prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places."

"The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants.

The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves," Improv Everywhere wrote on its website.

"The only unusual thing is their lack of pants."

The inaugural 2002 event in New York saw a measly seven participants, but this year's streaking behaviour has spread to tens of thousands of train passengers in over 60 cities across 25 countries, Improv Everywhere said. In New York alone, over 4,000 participants gladly braved the winter on Jan 11 as they bared their legs, skin and all to fellow commuters.

Even in communist China where deviant behaviour is frowned upon, fun loving and leggy commuters were spotted at the Beijing Metro in their underwears, braving the minus 7 degree Celsius temperature, Shanghaiist reported.

Click through the gallery to see 2016's No Pants Subway Ride day and check out the video below. 

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