NEW YORK – Dozens of New York commuters found their pantless subway ride on Sunday unusually pleasant thanks to a warm winter day.
Temperatures were favorable for the 19th No Pants Subway Ride, an annual worldwide event for which commuters take their trousers off while riding the metro.
“It’s warm out, so it won’t be too rough. If you’re in [New York City], participate and have fun,” user DanielAshley13, one of the participants, wrote on Twitter.
After several typically icy days, the city’s temperatures rose to 19 degrees Celsius over the weekend, giving many people the opportunity to dust off their summer clothes.
Participants of all ages gathered at Manhattan’s Foley Square, a few steps from the mayor’s office, to face the challenge of taking off their pants on a warm winter day.
They did so with the same festive mood and spirit as they normally do on very cold days, drawing surprised, indiscreet and nothing-happened-here looks from passersby.
After listening to instructions from organizers and dividing into groups, New York enthusiasts took different subway routes.
Shortly after, they took their shoes, socks and trousers or skirts off with a straight face, on a day when they didn’t need gloves, scarves or coats.
However, not everyone sympathizes with the event which started in 2002 and is organized by comedic performance art group Improv Everywhere. The group has indicated that the event’s purpose is not to offend but make people laugh and have fun.
“Jesus Christ. I can’t believe it’s 2020 and the No Pants Subway Ride is still happening,” user whitneyarner wrote on Twitter.
Just like every year, the trip’s final destination is the popular Union Square station – flooded with the joy of these New Yorkers, who finished their day at a nearby bar.
No Pants Subway Ride has gradually extended to other United States cities, such as Washington, Chicago, San Francisco or Los Angeles, and worldwide to London, Prague, Berlin, Warsaw, Tokyo, Toronto, Milan, Copenhagen, Mexico City and Buenos Aires.