No Pants Subway Ride 2016

Thousands ride the subway without pants in this annual event!

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

On Sunday, January 10th, 2016 tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in over 60 cities in over 25 countries around the world. In New York, our 15th Annual No Pants Subway Ride had over 4,000 participants, spread out over seven meeting points and eleven subway lines. Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.

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The Light Switch

A mysterious red light switch allows unsuspecting New Yorkers to turn on over 50,000 Christmas lights.

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

For our latest mission, we placed a 7-foot-tall light switch in New York City’s Father Demo Square. When a random New Yorker flipped the switch, the entire square lit up with Christmas lights. In addition to lights on the trees, benches, and fences around the park, a mob of performers wearing lights wrapped around their clothes lit up as well. The performers were instructed to turn on their lights and freeze in place when the switch was flipped on.

Once again this year our Christmas video was made possible by Target. Find out more about Wonderpacks here.

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The Mp3 Experiment Twelve


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Created by Charlie Todd & Tyler Walker / Produced by Deverge

For our latest mission, over 4,000 people pressed play simultaneously and listened to an mp4 file filled with ridiculous instructions. Participants were instructed to pack a bag with LED lights, reflective vests, and glow sticks and to sit underneath the trees surrounding Prospect Park’s Long Meadow at sunset. The event was a surprise to everyone else in the park. This was all part of our twelfth annual Mp3 Experiment event. The year’s event marked the first time we used an .mp4 file, which included a colorful video component.

Enjoy the video above first, and then go behind the scenes with our photos below. The Mp3 Experiment Twelve was produced in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance as part of the BEAT Festival. Thanks to our partners!

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Ballroom Crosswalk

Pedestrians in a busy New York city crosswalk suddenly begin ballroom dancing.

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge

For our latest mission, pedestrians in a busy New York crosswalk begin ballroom dancing one by one as they “accidentally” bump into their partners. This project took place on the crosswalk in front of Penn Station on 7th Avenue, one of the busiest spots in the city. We staged the mission several times, with the performance repeating at each change of the light and always finishing before the “Don’t Walk” countdown clock reached zero.

This project was a collaboration with YouTube’s new Field Day channel. Check out our video on the Field Day channel that features parts of this mission as well as our Groundskeeper Acrobats and Unexpected Ballet missions.

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Unexpected Ballet

Professional ballet performers go undercover as break dancers in Washington Square Park.

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Tchaikovsky by Tyler Walker

For our latest mission, professional ballet performers pose as break dancers in New York’s Washington Square Park. The men hype up their tumbling routine to a gathered crowd before realizing they brought the “wrong music.” The crowd is surprised as they slowly realize the performer’s hidden talents.

This project was a collaboration with YouTube’s new Field Day channel. Check out our video on the Field Day channel that features parts of this mission as well as our Groundskeeper Acrobats mission.

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The Magical Porta Potty

A series of epic surprises emerge from what appears to be a normal porta potty.

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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge

For our latest mission, we staged a series of surprises at the porta potty area of the Governors Ball music festival in New York. When random concertgoers opened our “magical” porta potty, they were surprised by a ridiculous number of performers streaming out of the door.

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No Pants Subway Ride 2016 New York Reports

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The 15th Annual No Pants Subway Ride took place today in New York in unusually warm 57-degree weather. Over 4,000 riders met at meeting points spread out all over the city and converged on Union Square. The event also happened in in 60 cities in over 25 countries around the world. Thanks so much to all who participated! Leave a comment and let us know how it went for you.

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OFFICIAL PHOTOS
– Arin Sang-urai – 6 Train
– Juan Zapata – 1 train
– Vitaly Levin – R Train Brooklyn
– Scott Lynch – L Train Brooklyn

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No Pants Subway Ride 2016 Generals:
(top L-R) Dave Siegel, Clark Frankel, Zach Linder, Mike Fiedler, Daniel Ferrara
(bottom L-R) Jesse Good, Charlie Todd, Jenni Boston, Richard Lovejoy, Jeff Kornberg, Candice Opperman
Photo by Arin Sang-urai

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No Pants Subway Ride 2016 Global Reports

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No Pants Subway Ride in Tokyo, Japan. January 10, 2016

If you participated in one of the 60 regional No Pants Subway Rides today in over 25 countries across the world, leave us an agent report in the comments below letting us know how it went. Post links to any photos and videos from your town’s event as well. Let us know how many people participated and what the temperature was.

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No Pants Subway Ride 2016 Details for New York

Participation details for this year’s No Pants Subway Ride in NYC!

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All are invited to participate in the 15th Annual No Pants Subway Ride. The event will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 10. Everything you need to know is in this post. Please read it carefully! (Click here for information for participating in other cities.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION:

1) Willing to take pants off on subway
2) Able to keep a straight face about it

DETAILS

When: Sunday, January 10 at 3:00 PM, Sharp! (Over around 5 PM)
Where: Seven meeting points spread out all over New York City. Details below.
Bring: A backpack/bag and a metro card.
Wear: Normal winter clothes (hat, gloves, etc)
Facebook: You can RSVP to the Facebook Event (Optional but appreciated)
Twitter: Use #NPSR and mention @ImprovEvery
Afterparty: We’re throwing an afterparty at Webster Hall! Details below. Facebook Event for party.

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Global No Pants Subway Ride 2016

Participation details for this year’s No Pants Subway Ride in cities around the world!

As in years past, there are No Pants Subway Rides happening in dozens of cities around the world on January 10, the same day as our annual event in New York. Below find a list of participating cities with links to Facebook events. If you do not see your city and want to organize a ride, you can register your city by filling out this form. If you are a member of the media interested in covering this event, please see our press information page.

Cities participating in the global No Pants Subway Ride (more to come as they get announced!):

Adelaide
Atlanta
Beijing
Berlin
Bordeaux
Boston
Brisbane
Buenos Aires
Calgary
Charlotte
Chicago
Copenhagen
Dallas
Hamburg
Hanover
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Jerusalem
Lisbon
London
Los Angeles
Madrid
Melbourne
Minneapolis
Montreal
Moscow
New York
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Portland
Prague
San Diego
San Francisco
Seattle
Stockholm
Toronto
Tokyo
Valencia
Vancouver
Vienna
Warsaw
Washington DC

Any corrections, let us know in the comments! If you participate in a regional ride and use twitter, tag your posts with #NPSR and @ImprovEvery so everyone can follow along with other cities throughout the day.

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