The NYC No Pants Subway Ride guide

Prepare for the annual New York subway strip-down with Improv Everywhere’s No Pants Subway Ride

Photograph: Luciana Golcman

One of the best and most amusing NYC events in January is the No Pants Subway Ride  created by Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd. In 2002, the funny fella produced the first-ever event and posted it on YouTube, where the short clip quickly gained popularity. Now it has turned into one of the group’s most anticipated events, as thousands of New Yorkers continue the funny tradition on subway cars across Gotham. Donning winter coats—minus their pants—the straphangers share the same goal: to confuse bystanders. The event had only 150 participants in its first year, but now the prank is an international sensation with over 25 countries involved. Why? Because annual international pranks are fun! Find everything you need to know about the No Pants Subway Ride. And make sure to consult our list of bars with fireplaces for warming up afterward.

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When is the No Pants Subway Ride?

This year's No Pants Subway Ride is on Sunday, January 13, 2019. 

Where is the No Pants Subway Ride?

The event usually starts at several meeting points throughout the city. Breakout locations will be released the week before the event. 

What should I bring to No Pants Subway Ride?

Your MetroCard, a bag or backpack, and a willingness to take off your pants!

What should I wear to No Pants Subway Ride?

Sport your normal winter clothes: coat, scarf, gloves, etc. This is obviously the time to show off your finest undies, so feel free to go all out (and be sure to pack some warm socks!). 

How do I R.S.V.P. to No Pants Subway Ride?

See Improv Everywhere’s Twitter page (use #NPSR @ImprovEvery) or do so on the Facebook event page. R.S.V.P. is not required to participate.

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