How many times have you muttered the words, “I wish I didn’t have to wear pants today?” Don’t be ashamed—we’re on the same page here. Pants are constricting, and more often than not, they’re the main reason why we convince ourselves to only order one bagel instead of two. (Okay, that’s never happened.)
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But guess what? Some of the best things to do this winter involve folks romping around half-naked. Oddly enough, all the pantsless events in NYC occur when temperatures are usually below freezing. But the frigid air won’t stop the masses from partaking in these whimsical sensations. Are you brave enough to combat the cold and strip down to your skivvies? Here are the underwear-only events you need to be aware of.
Jan 1: Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim
Technically, you don't have to take your pants off during this annual New Year's Day tradition, but you wouldn't want to dive into the ice-cold Atlantic sporting the duds you wore to the event, right? Strip down and join hundreds of ballsy dippers while raising money for Camp Sunshine, a charity that supports children and their families with life-threatening illnesses.
Jan 8: No Pants Subway Ride
This is certainly one of the most amusing NYC events in January, especially since it's main purpose is to confuse bystanders. The mastermind behind the event is funny man Charlie Todd from Improv Everywhere, and since he began his panstless quest in 2002, the prank has turned into a world-wide epidemic.
Feb 18: Cupid’s Undie Run
Here's a great and charitable Valentine's Day Idea: Race around manhattan in your panties with bae while raising money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. And don't worry, the quick, one-mile sprint and participation fee is well worth it—the event ends with a dance party and open bar!