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Riding the subway without pants is a worldwide phenomenon

Half-naked people on the Prague metro! They wanted to entertain the passengers

Karolína Lišková
12.Jan 2020
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Although the weather forecasts promised it would get warmer in the weekend, it was just a few degrees above zero on Sunday evening. However, that didn't seem to bother the dozens of young people who took off their trousers right under the horse on Wenceslas Square and began riding the subway. The purpose of the event, which is globally called No Pants Subway Ride, is not very profound - it merely serves to entertain other passengers.

The impromptu ligerie fashion show orchestrated by the group of a few dozens of enthusiats was never-ending. But no one felt embarrassed. They all praised each other not only for their courage but also for their choice of underwear for this unique occasion.

"I've done this a couple of times and I've got to tell you it's really funny how others stare at you and can't believe their eyes,"

said one of the half-naked passengers, adding she thought it was a great idea.

Byt s výhledem na Prahu - Karlín - 308m
Byt s výhledem na Prahu - Karlín - 308m, Praha 8

Mixed feelings

Those who had no idea about the event simply stared in disbelief. After all, some might consider it an unfortunate idea to ride the subway without your clothes on, in some cases even without shoes, in January when the flu epidemic is in full swing.

"I don't know what to think about it. I'm actually not sure if it's a good idea, both for health and aesthetic reasons,"

said a passenger, a man in his fifties.

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Pár nadšenců se už po deváté sešlo v pražském metru na jízdu bez kalhot.
Pár nadšenců se už po deváté sešlo v pražském metru na jízdu bez kalhot.Source:

It all started in NY

The pantless subway ride started in 2002 in New York, where everything is possible. Back then, Charlie Todd founded the ensemble Improve Everywhere. The aim of this group is to surprise and entertain random passers-by through funny sketches and quests. The No Pants Subway Ride is one of them.

"At that time, the group of enthusiasts was arrested, as the police wasn't too excited about the event. Although they were released immediately, enthusiasts from all over the world caught on. That's why it's done worldwide not only for fun, but also as a form of protest and expression of support for this group,"

Pavel Majtáň, the co-organizer of the event, explained its historical background.

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