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National No Pants Day: Thousands ride the New York City subway pantless

No Pants Day in New York City
No Pants Day in New York City

The first Friday in May has been designated as National No Pants Day according to MSN special news report on May 2. The reinactment of this annual event is now staged by Improv Everywhere every January in New York, to commemorate the first time a New York City resident rode the subway pantless.

We have all heard our share of, “You are not going to believe what I just did” stories, but this story is one that has been heard around the world, and as a result is celebrated annually in 60 cities across America and 25 countries. The date was January 10, 1986, and the morning began just like every other morning. Loving wife irons her husband’s clothes, husband gets dressed, puts on his coat and leaves for work. It was not until after he boarded the New York City subway that he realized he forgot to put on his pants!

Embarrassment quickly set in, and as the story goes, this ‘hapless’ man sat there with a smile on his face resembling that of the Mona Lisa, and made the best of his situation, as he went on with his day enjoying the giggles and grins wherever he went.

The following year, dozens of pals had joined him on his pantless ride on the subway, and every year after, it continued to snowball into the festival of celebrations that it has become today. As years went on, dissent began to separate the ‘pantless partiers’ dividing them into two groups. One side wanting to celebrate on the actual date in January, while the other side choosing to ride the subway during a warmer month, opting for the first Friday in May.

Since the two sides could not decide upon which date to stick with, the traditionalists insisted on keeping with the actual date of the original subway adventure of January 10, 1986, and the more liberal group, chose to show their interpretation of the pantless subway ride by continuing the camaraderie, and celebration, on the hopefully warmer first Friday in May.