It wouldn’t be Jan­uary with­out pant­less sub­way ride

Do you feel a draft?

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - JANE STEVEN­SON

No pants, no prob­lem. At least not on the 17th an­niver­sary of the world­wide No Pants Sub­way Ride on Sun­day.

Dozens of pant­less par­tic­i­pants in T.O. shed their lower outer gear in sol­i­dar­ity with their bot­tom­less brethren in fifty cities around the globe, in­clud­ing New York, Ber­lin and Lon­don.

“It’s a re­ally good time,” said Paddy Jane, cap­tain of the No Pants So­ci­ety in Toronto, decked out in army cam­ou­flage gear in­clud­ing match­ing panties and hold­ing a mega­phone to di­rect the troops for their com­mute and af­ter­party.

“We’ve got 99 prob­lems but our pants ain’t one. We break out of leg jail and we ride the rails. You got to break out of pants prison!”

The No Pants Sub­way Ride was founded in New York in 2002 and took off, as they say, in 2008 with those Toronto com­muters who pre­fer to go with­out un­der­gar­ments at least once a year.

Amid cho­ruses of “All we are say­ing is get your pants off!” the group, sport­ing un­der­wear of ev­ery con­ceiv­able colour, pat­tern and tex­ture, set off from their Ea­ton Cen­tre meet­ing place and hit the Dun­das stop of the sub­way below where they danced and en­cour­aged oth­ers to join the No Pants move­ment.

At least two men did so on two dif­fer­ent sub­way trains, but the ma­jor­ity pre­ferred to keep their gear on while smil­ing all the same.

“I’ve never heard of it but I’m al­ways up for a fun time,” said com­muter Sandi McCormick.

“It looks like a lot of fun. The pants aren’t com­ing off right now be­cause (my un­der­pants) aren’t ac­tu­ally my good ones.” So maybe next year? “I cer­tainly would,” said McCormick. “But I got to go out and get a nice pair of un­der­wear that’s for sure. Some­thing glit­tery, some­thing cutesy. Maybe fish­nets, a lit­tle stiletto with it. C’mon!”

First-timer Den­ver Wu had match­ing socks and panties in pur­ple with brown sloths on them and couldn’t have been more thrilled to show them off, al­though her 14-year-old daugh­ter pre­ferred to just take pic­tures.

“I’ve been pay­ing at­ten­tion for this event for about three years but I missed it all the time,” said Wu.

“It’s kind of fun and crazy and some­thing maybe like a once-in-a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.”

JACK BOLAND PHO­TOS

Pant­less and proud, a group of bare-legged sub­way rid­ers take part in the 17th an­nual No Pants Sub­way Ride yes­ter­day on Line 1, from Dun­das sta­tion down to Union sta­tion and then back.

Den­ver Wu sports pur­ple sloth socks and match­ing panties for yes­ter­day’s event.

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