According to a CNN International news report earlier today, No Pants [Subway Ride] Day 2013 went off without a hitch yesterday.
Tens of thousands of people, from families with little ones to an 82 year-old New York man, took off their pants on subways in 60 cities in 25 countries around the world.
Plenty of pant-less participants were spotted with some well worn underwear, perhaps a result of the continuing recession.
Organized by a group called Improv Everywhere, their mission is to “bring chaos and joy” to public places.
According to the organizers, the task is simple - ”Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants."
Or as the Brits say – trousers.
An estimated 4,000 showed up for the event in New York; San Francisco, although experiencing a terrible cold snap, had about 600 pants-less riders on Bart and the San Francisco Municipal Railway.
That number, according to CBS San Francisco, was roughly the same last year.
San Francisco’s organizers like New York and most other major cities used social media, primarily Twitter and FaceBook to communicate with participants.
One of the main rules for being a participant is no nudity.
Often the No Pants Subway Ride Day is erroneously referred to as No Pants Day that takes place on the first Friday in May. (Almost all news reports make this mistake.)