Clevelanders are encouraged to take inspiration from an NYC prank group and ride the RTA without pants on January 11 to incite fun and silliness.
Put your New Year’s Resolutions of relinquishing fear and living a life less ordinary to the test at this year’s No Pants Subway Ride.
People from all over Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are invited to participate at the silly and laugh inducing event on Saturday, January 11.
“The aim is to spread a little harmless chaos and joy,” said David Smithson, NoPantsCLE founder and Cleveland’s organizer for the 2014 Global No Pants Subway Ride. “We’re there to be straight-faced and [to] let the theater play out on the faces of the pantsed.”
The event originated in New York City by the prank group, Improv Everywhere. It began in 2002 with participants riding the subway as if it was any other day. They dressed accordingly to the weather, their profession and style except for one small difference – they were pantsless.
Since then, the comedic-event has grown exponentially, with over 4,000 participants in the twelfth annual No Pants Subway Ride and tens of thousands more expected this year with the 60 participating cities around the world.
“This is not a naked day. [This is not a] no rules day or strive for public indecency day! The rules are clear: it’s just a typical ride except for one detail: and that would be the pantslessnesss.
Last year, over 50 participants came out in support of wearing no pants on the RTA.
Those interested in participating should meet at the W. 25 Street rapid station on the front island, located next to the sculpture at 1:00 p.m. Upon meeting, ground rules and instructions will be established, as well as groups and the moment of pants removal. One all-day RTA pass is $5. Participants are encouraged to invite many people.