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.

No Pants Subway Ride 2011

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Save The Date: No Pants Subway Ride 2016

The 15th Annual No Pants Subway Ride will take place on Sunday, January 10 in New York City. More info with the meeting point and start time will be posted to this site about one week in advance. Save the date, and sign up for our email list to stay updated. You can RSVP on Facebook (optional, but appreciated.) There will be an after party at Webster Hall.

Once again we are encouraging folks in other cities around the world to stage their own No Pants Subway Rides on the same day. Regional organizers must fill out this registration form to have their event included (that form is for organizers only.) The week before the event we will publish a list of all participating cities along with links to Facebook events. Groups have staged the event on trolleys, light rails, and buses in the past, so don’t let a lack of subway system stop you! 60 cities participated last year. Check the list on this page to see if one happened in your city last year as preference will go to the prior year’s organizers. If you are an organizer, feel free to leave a link to your Facebook event in the comments on this page.

If you are unfamiliar with this tradition, you can read the history here: The No Pants Subway Ride.

No Pants Subway Ride 2011
No Pants Subway Ride Photo by Katie Sokoler

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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.

Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.

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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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Mp3 Experiment Twelve – Thanks!

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to The Mp3 Experiment Twelve tonight! Please use the comments section of this page to share your experience at the event!

We’re already working on the video. Subscribe to our email list to be the first to know when it’s released on our YouTube channel.

Here are the official photos from our photographers:
Arin Sang-urai’s photos
David Bledsoe’s Photos

As always, all of today‚Äôs music was created by our composer Tyler Walker. Check out his site to download free songs from today’s event. 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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Here’s the video from last year:

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