No Pants Subway Ride participants brave cold

It was only 17 degrees in New York City today, but that didn't stop many subway riders from showing a lot of skin. Improv Everywhere, the group that organizes the event, is all about creating joy and chaos.

The No Pants Subway Ride started in 2002 with just 7 participants. It has since grown to include thousands of participants in more than 60 cities around the world. In New York alone, about 4,000 subway riders ditched their pants for today's ride.

The idea behind the No Pants Subway Ride is simple: random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants act as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.

In the United States, the bitter cold of the Northeast didn't stop riders in Boston (14 degrees), but the event was probably less uncomfortable in Los Angeles (73 degrees) or Phoenix (74 degrees).

Check out photos below, or search #nopantssubwayride on Twitter.


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