Sunday, January 10, 2010

2010 No Pants Metro Ride

For the 9th year in a row, a group called Improv Everywhere organized their "No Pants" subway ride, which took place today in DC and in a number of cities around the world. I was informed via e-mail of the Washington gathering just a few hours before it happened, but luckily, I had little else going on and was able to head down to L'Enfant Plaza and document the shenanigans.

So what is the No Pants Ride? Basically speaking, it's a chance for people to get together, hop on their local transit system and drop trou. They then ride around for an hour or so between stations, transferring a few times to make sure they get some quality platform time in as well.

There are only two rules for the day, as far as I could tell:

1) If any law enforcement or authority figure asks you to put your pants back on, you should happily oblige and 2) If a fellow rider or bystander inquires as to why you're riding pantsless, you should act as though you have no idea what they're talking about and go about your business.

Needless to say, the group was met with quite a few stares. A few pictures are below, which can also be found on DCist, and there are some more on Flickr. Enjoy!

The organizer of the DC No Pants Metro Ride is interviewed by local media (there were probably 20 photographers and at least 5 video cameras rolling throughout the afternoon):

The organizer addressing the crowd before departure:

Heading down into the Metro system (Why the bear costume? Not so sure. Apparently it had something to do with cuddling.):

The time to lose the pants has arrived:

My favorite shot of the day:

Most people either didn't think much of it or thought it was funny. The people in this car were amused, but they also had no clue what was going on (despite asking a few participants what the deal was):


nowak January 12, 2010 at 3:11 PM  

You'd think they would schedule this event sometime in the summer months!

MJLphoto January 12, 2010 at 3:18 PM  

They purposefully schedule it in the wintertime for maximum effect. People would hardly notice someone in boxers if everyone else was wearing shorts. What's more of a spectacle... someone in skivvies, flip flops and a t-shirt or someone in undies, boots, a coat, scarf and hat?

kevin January 21, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

hmmm. that does make sense!