'No Pants Subway Ride' takes off

00:44, Jan 13 2014
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A woman takes part in the annual "No Pants Subway Ride" on a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train in Hong Kong.
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Passengers without their pants wait to enter a subway train during the "No Pants Subway Ride" at Alexanderplatz subway station in Berlin.
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People take part in the annual "No Pants Subway Ride" in the subway in Brussels. The event involves participants who strip down to their underwear as they go about their normal routine, and occurs in different cities around the world in January, according to its organisers.
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A passenger without his pants waits for a train during the "No Pants Subway Ride" event at a subway station in Paris.
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Passengers without their pants check their mobile phones as they wait for a train during the "No Pants Subway Ride" event at Plaza de Castilla subway station in Madrid.
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Passengers with no pants exit a subway station during the "No Pants Subway Ride" event in Warsaw.
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Passengers without pants ride a subway train during the "No Pants Subway Ride" in Kiev.
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A woman without pants waits on a subway platform during the "No Pants Subway Ride" in Chicago, Illinois.
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Passengers react to seeing a man without his pants on the subway during the annual "No Pants Subway Ride" in Shanghai.
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A participant of "No Pants Subway Ride"stands in a subway train in Mexico City.
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An unsuspecting subway passenger reads a book next to participants of the No Pants Subway Ride in Berlin, Germany.
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Participants of the No Pants Subway Ride wait for a train in Berlin, Germany.
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Participants of the No Pants Subway Ride ride a train in Berlin, Germany.
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Participants of the No Pants Subway Ride wait for a train in Berlin, Germany. The annual event, in which participants board a subway car while not wearing any pants while behaving as though they do not know each other, began as a joke by the public prank group Improv Everywhere in New York City and has since spread around the world, with enthusiasts in around 60 cities and 29 countries across the globe, according to the organisation's site.
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Participants who are taking part in the "No Pants Subway Ride" stand in a subway train in Mexico City.

Yes, people do ride mass transit. And once a year, they do it without pants.

As part of an international improvisation event called the "No Pants Subway Ride," scores of people  - fully dressed, but only from the waist up - swarmed stations in major cities around the world.

In Los Angeles, captains with nicknames like Agent Meow Meow and Agent Silky gathered groups together along the Red, Gold and Expo and helped new riders pay fares, find their way through Union Station, and change trains.

Started in New York by theater group Improv Everywhere 13 years ago the annnual celebration has since spread to more than 60 cities across the world. 

Spokesman Marc Littman said the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority was aware of the bare-legged group ride, now in its sixth year in LA.

Pantless riders who are otherwise fully clothed won't be cited for indecent exposure, he said.

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But, Littman said: "If you're walking around naked, that's a different story."

The local event organisers, an improvisational theater group called GuerilLA, encouraged participants to exhibit kindness toward "civilians" while underground in their underwear. 

"This should also be fun for the passengers who are wearing pants since their most likely reaction to us will be curiosity and amusement," the organizers wrote.

"Don't worry, we'll have plenty of pantless fun when we get off the train and onto the street."

In the "unlikely event you have to re-pants," organisers wrote, participants should pack an extra pair, just in case. 

Los Angeles Times/MCT