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Former Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin poses for a photo with University of Waterloo students celebrating No Pants Day.
Participants at the No Pants Subway Ride in January 2010

Pantlessness (also called pantslessness, trouserlessness, or bottomlessness) is the state in which the lower body is exposed due to the lack of trousers.[citation needed] One event dedicated to pantlessness,[improper synthesis?] known as No Pants Day, is a participatory annual event that has happened in various nations on the first Friday in May. Another is known as the No Pants Subway Ride, which is an annual January event in which transit passengers ride trains without wearing pants. This is organized by Improv Everywhere,[1] and it has been observed in dozens of cities worldwide.[2]

No Pants Subway Ride[edit]

Main article: No Pants Subway Ride

The first No Pants Subway Ride began with seven riders in 2002 in New York City. In 2006, 150 riders in New York City participated. During that event, eight were handcuffed for disorderly conduct, but the charges were later dismissed.[3] For 2013, sixty cities had coordinators.[2]

On January 12, some people ride the New York City subway wearing no pants or skirts (i.e., underwear only).[4] This is the original Pantsless Subway Ride; in 2014 the 13th annual such day was celebrated.[5]

No Pants Day[edit]

Main article: No Pants Day

A small on-campus club at the University of Texas in Austin known as the Knighthood of Buh thought that dropping trou on the first Friday of May was a humorous stunt for the end of the semester. Informal for years, promotion efforts began in 2000. This day had the advantage of being warmer than the older Pantless Subway Ride Day of January. Pantsless Day has now spread to other cities and countries. [6] [7]The event attracted attention in other states and several parts of Canada as well as Sweden, Australia, Finland, and the United Kingdom.[1][8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Pants? Who needs pants!". Regina Leader Post. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 2013-04-11. "Celebrations have since spread across the U.S., Sweden, Australia, Finland, the United Kingdom and even Iraq. In Canada, pants-free festivities are known to have been held in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario." 
  2. ^ a b Tom Herrmann (7 January 2013). "No Pants Subway Ride 2013 hits NYC and cities around the world [city list, video]". International Business Times. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  3. ^ "No Pants Subway Ride returns to Number 6 train". New York Public Radio. 13 January 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-24. "A judge later threw out the disorderly conduct charges, noting that it's not illegal to wear underwear in public." 
  4. ^ "The No Pants Subway Ride"
  5. ^ "The History of No Pants Day,"
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  8. ^ "No pants, no problems". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 4 June 2004. Retrieved 2013-04-11. "...a self-described "humor-oriented organization," started promoting the stunt four years ago in an effort to relieve students' end-of-semester stress." 
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