Though we've enjoyed an unseasonably warm winter so far, 'tis still the season for wacky urban stunts, from Santacon to Polar Bear Plunges, and one of the world's most rapidly spreading annual "flashmob"-type events is coming up this weekend. We're talking about the No Pants Subway Ride which Improv Everywhere began over a decade ago in New York, and which now has spread to include most major world cities with subway transportation.
The 2013 ride, the 12th annual, will go down on Sunday, January 13. As veterans of the NYC No Pants ride, we can vouch for it and say that it's all in good fun, though it's getting a little big (literally) for its britches; so many people now do the Ride that you could be sharing a subway car with no one else but no-pantsers. Sure, it's awkward at firstyou remove your pants on the subway, silently, mid-ridebut that's part of the deal.
The event is free, but it does come with rules. Be prepared to stand outside in the cold for an hour getting organized before heading down into the subway tunnels to de-brief. These days, with thousands participating, the cops know what's up and smarter Sunday commuters may take the bus.
To keep the disruption to an "all in good fun" level, make sure to wear clean underwear and keep to the non-sexual vibe. It's not about seeing someone else in their underwear, but the absurdity of everyone gaining a disregard for pants at the same time. It's weird, we know.
And that's why it's fun.
To stay up to date on the info as the event approaches, check out the official site here.