No Pants Subway Ride 2020 Details for New York


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Update:

Thanks to everyone who came out to participate in this year’s ride! Join our email list to learn about future participatory events. Here’s a photo of our organizers in NYC:

No Pants Subway Ride 2020
No Pants Subway Ride 2020 Generals:
(L-R) Jesse Good, Charlie Todd, Richard Lovejoy, Jenni Boston
Photo by Ari Scott

Here are photos from our official photographer, Ari Scott!

No Pants Subway Ride 2020

All are invited to participate in the 19th Annual No Pants Subway Ride. The event will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 12. Everything you need to know is in this post. (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

OVERVIEW

When: Sunday, January 12 at 3:00 PM, Sharp! (Over around 5 PM)
Where: Meet at Foley Square in Manhattan (just one big meeting point this year!)
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)
After Party: 4 PM at Bar 13. RSVP here.

If you are a member of the media, please see our press information page.

HOW IT WORKS

There is just one meeting point this year:
Downtown Manhattan: Meet at Foley Square – Google Map

Arrive by 3 PM. Feel free to be early.

At the meeting point, participants will be organized into groups and assigned a specific subway line and train car. Once everyone is divided up we will all head to nearby subway stations. Do not talk to others once you enter the subway system. No one knows each other.

Sit in the car as you normally would. Read on your phone or whatever you would normally do. Your team leader will have already divided you into smaller groups, assigning your group a specific stop where you will depants.

As soon as the doors shut at the stop before yours, stand up and take your pants off and put them in your backpack. If you’d like to use a briefcase, purse, grocery bag, or whatever instead of a backpack that’s fine too. If anyone asks you why you’ve removed your pants, tell them that they were “getting uncomfortable” (or something along those lines.)

Exit the train at your assigned stop and stand on the platform, pantless. You will wait on the platform for the next train to arrive. Stay in the exact same place on the platform so you enter the next train in the same car as you exited the last train.

When you enter, act as you normally would. You do not know any of the other pantless riders. If questioned, tell folks that you “forgot to wear pants” and yes you are “a little cold.” Insist that it is a coincidence that others also forgot their pants. Be nice and friendly and normal.

All train routes will converge on Union Square. Your exact route will be explained at the meeting point, and may involve a transfer.

You can wear fun underwear if you like, but nothing that screams out, “I wore this because I’m doing a silly stunt.” Wear two pairs of underwear if it makes you feel more comfortable. Don’t wear a thong or anything else that might offend people. Our aim is to make people laugh, not piss them off.

This is always a blast, and we look forward to seeing you there. And we hope you can join the official after party at Bar 13 as well!

If you are interested in future events like this, please join our email list!

See you on the 12th!

Be aware that by participating, you recognize that Improv Everywhere is not liable in the event you are injured, arrested, or worse. By choosing to participate you are still responsible for your actions.

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

Written by Charlie