Public transit riders in 60 countries strip to underwear

January 11, 2016 6:39 am

 Riders ignore a pantless and shirtless passenger during the 15th annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York. Photo / AP

Thousands of New Yorkers thought it was a hot thing Sunday to strip
to their underwear during winter and ride on public transportation,
along with pantless crowds in about 60 countries.
“I’m a no-pant
virgin,” declared a grinning Miguel Ramos amid New York’s No Pants
Subway Ride. It was the Mexican-born restaurant worker’s first foray
into the “international celebration of silliness,” as organizers billed
it.
The laughter-filled ritual started in the largest U.S. city
in 2002 and has expanded nationwide and overseas, from Atlanta, Chicago
and Dallas to London, Berlin, Prague and Vienna.
It’s coordinated by Improv Everywhere, a global flash mob.
New
York participants were assigned personal numbers for central gathering
spots in each city borough. “And then at, say, the third stop in
Brooklyn, you take off your pants in the train,” explained Latesha Mack,
who made it to Manhattan’s Union Square station in fishnet stockings
below her panties.

“So it’s not like, a bunch of people on one train with no pants.”
While most clothed straphangers weaved their way through bare flesh, some were left shocked.
A tall, elegant man ” totally clothed ” stopped in his tracks as he entered the station.
“I
asked the police, ‘What’s going on?’ and he said, ‘It’s no pants day,'”
said Manhattan entrepreneur Mark Francis. “And I said, ‘what?'”

A police officer stands guard in a Manhattan subway station as three pantless people stroll by. Photo / AP
A police officer stands guard in a Manhattan subway station as three pantless people stroll by. Photo / AP
The cop told him it was a “tradition.” More than 4,000 New Yorkers participated.
In Phoenix, Arizona, the city’s light rail system party included a pants-less outing to a pub.
Nicole
Black brought her Superman underwear from 40 miles (64 kilometers) away
for “a day off to have fun and enjoy and see what Phoenix has to offer”
” including temperatures in the 50s Fahrenheit making the attire
reasonably comfortable.
Boston also enjoyed spring-like weather, with rain causing some riders to wipe the drops off their legs as they boarded trains.

The doors of a subway train open revealing pantless riders in colorful underwear during the 15th annual No Pants Subway Ride. Photo / AP
The doors of a subway train open revealing
pantless riders in colorful underwear during the 15th annual No Pants
Subway Ride. Photo / AP
Even families took part everywhere, carrying babies bared to their diapers.
And a Berlin woman had a cat’s face splashed across her ” well, cheeks.
At a London station, coats and scarves warded off the chill ” at least from the waist up.
Then there were the once shy types.
Bill
Murphy, a New York translator, said he didn’t realize he had certain
talents until Sunday ” wearing only a red bikini as he burst out
gyrating amid the Union Square station crowd.
“I’m 56 and I’m
kind of proud of myself. At a senior age, it’s supposed to be not
acceptable, but I want to change the perception of that: I’ve become an
exhibitionist today,” he said.

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