It wouldn’t be January without pantless subway ride
Do you feel a draft?
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.”
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.