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Improv Everywhere's 8th Annual No Pants! Subway Ride This Saturday

By Jacy Wojcik in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 6, 2009 8:45PM

1262008-chicagoist-pants.jpg This Saturday marks New York City-based Improv Everywhere's 8th Annual No Pants! Subway Ride - part prank, part social experiment where participants gather to ride the subway, sans pants, with straight faces. People from around the globe have been encouraged to organize their own pants-free public transportation ride and lucky for us, it's on. The fun starts at the Granville CTA Red line station (1119 West Granville Avenue) this Saturday at High Noon.

THE RULES: "You can wear socks, shoes, boots, coats, gloves, shirts and hats - just no pants. (No thongs or G strings cause we want to surprise and not offend.) You pretend like you don't know any of the other pants-less riders. You should act like it's perfectly normal to have been waiting for the subway without your pants! Dress as you wish but try to keep in mind that the goal is to act as if you forgot your pants."

Note: The New York City No Pants! Subway Ride rules state not to bring cameras, as they will have photographers on site. We assume this is true for Chicago.

The first No Pants ride took place in New York City in 2002 with seven participants. Last year, it had 900 participants in New York, and another 1,000 or so in nine additional cities around the world, including Chicago. This year, No Pants rides are scheduled in several U.S. cities including L.A., Portland, Denver, Boston and internationally in Sydney, Vienna, Lisbon, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Adelaide. See you there, with our serious underpants faces on.

For more information on the Chicago ride check out the official Chicago No Pants! Subway Ride facebook page and for photos, videos and information on past events, visit Improv Everywhere's website. Improv Everywhere is also the group that brought us last year's fantastic MP3 Experiment.

Photo via Improv Everywhere's Facebook Page.