NEW YORK – While most New Yorkers are all bundled up on a frigid afternoon these train riders are dropping their pants on the subway all in the name of comedy.
“It’s so weird but it’s very exciting because you have no pants inside the subway and people are looking at you but you have to pretend that you totally forgot to put on your pants that day,” said Golda De La Merced of New York.
Organized by comedy group Improv Everywhere, founder Charlie Todd says, the very first no pants subway ride prank started in New York in 2002 with only seven pant-less riders.
Today, this subway strip-down happens in 60 cities in over 25 countries.
In New York alone, there are over 4,000 riders.
This Filipino-American came all the way from Philadelphia to show off his super-hero undies.
“If you ride the subway on a regular day you will see grim faces and the whole concept of the No Pants Subway Ride is to bring a little joy, bring a little humor and hilarity to the daily lives of people who ride the subway,” said Kevin Mitra.
But not everyone is amused.
For kids like me it’s like a euphemism,” said Tiffany of Jersey City, New Jersey. “It’s unethical. It’s not respectful but this is New York, America.”
Cos-player Glen Robert Corral dressed up as a pant-less Captain Jack Sparrow.
“I think it’s their way of showing their freedom, liberty, their freedom of speech and expression,” said Corral.
“With all the stuff that’s happening in the world and in the news lately, this is what it should be like, everybody having fun, and hanging out and laughing,” said Conan Jorge, an Ozone Park resident.
Riders converged at the Union Square Park to show off their skills, this time in dancing.
For 14 years, the New York subway strip-down has become a yearly tradition without fail, and there are no signs that we are going to see the end of it any time soon.
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