So you’re done with the excessive holiday eating? What better way to strut your new-found pounds than with the annual No-Pants Subway Ride. What originally began as a 7-person prank has now evolved into an internationally observed day of silliness. More than 4,000 people took their trousers off yesterday in New York City’s subways, and thousands more reportedly joined in around the world. Improv Everywhere organizes the annual event, where the sexy strap-hangers begin their train rides all over the city and then converge onto Union Square Park for an impromptu celebration of sorts.
Although the gag had started out as something secretive in its earlier years, the powers of the interwebs have brought the shenanigans to light over time. You’d be hard-pressed to find a New Yorker who hasn’t seen the annual event first hand, or at least heard something about it. It has also become less about theatrical allure and more about shock value. Flamboyant, attention-craving twenty-somethings now have a second Halloween to dress promiscuously. But its all in good fun.