- The ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ began in New York City in 2002 with just seven trouserless riders taking the train
- Today 60 countries participated in the ride, coordinated by Improve Everywhere, for a worldwide flash mob
- The objective of the ride is to make people smile while those participating act like they don’t notice their naked legs
Hundreds of cheeky travellers across the globe rode trains, tubes and subways today with no trousers on as a part of the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ day.
The event began in 2002 in New York City with seven members of the improvisational group, Improv Everywhere, known for their flash mobs, boarding the subway without trousers. By 2006, 150 people had joined the fun, feeling the draft as they rode the train without trousers.
Ten years on, the fad has spread to countries like Germany, Czech Republic and The UK, proving the trouserless train ride is still alive and well.
‘No Pants Subway Ride’ is always planned in winter, and last year 4,000 people participated in NYC alone.
‘The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants,’ Improv Everywhere’s website reads.
Certain countries are not in favour of the leggy ride. In countries like Latvia officials tried to ban the fad, but after the story came out in the media, Latvians were able to board the trains sans trousers.
But despite the naysayers, Australians jumped on board the trend with people in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne hopping onto public transport on January 10 and posting pictures across social media event pages.
People of all ages including a granny in floral undergarments joined the Australian crew, while others took the journey the extra mile going to the pub without trousers.
Four leggy ladies act casually as they bare all on the London underground on Sunday as a part of the international ‘No Pants Subway Ride’
The 2016 ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ took place in 60 countries. These two participants had no shame boarding the Tube without trousers on
‘No Pants’ participants walk trouserless through Paddington station on Sunday as the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ kicked off across the globe
Hundreds of commuters at a London station get ready for their travels wearing coats, scarves and no trousers for the ‘No Pants’ ride
Out and proud:Some people used trouserless event as an opportunity to show off their national pride like these men in Union flag attire
Cheeky rider: Travellers on the tube stare in confusion as this woman bares her behind during the worldwide event
These two men show off their toned legs on trains during the annual ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ day. Both act as if they don’t notice the draft
‘Man spreading’ is a bit more comical as this gentleman stretches his legs on the London underground while a woman in tights smiles
Berlin was one of the 60 cities to participate in the 2016 ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ as these two prepare to ride from Alexanderplatz station
Booty in Berlin: Women and men had a chance to show off their most adorable and hilarious undies during the trouserless ride
This crowded train in Berlin saw many riders participating in the silliness as they rode the train without trousers on
Act casual: Part of the appeal of ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ is that travellers are meant to act as though they don’t know they’re legs are out
Improv Everywhere, the group responsible for coordinating the ‘No Pants Subway Ride, said the event is supposed to make people smile
A lot of people participating in the trouserless ride read books to act as if they didn’t notice they didn’t have their bottoms on
A woman wearing underpants stands in the Frankfurter Tor underground station, acting causally with her dog, also not wearing trousers
Feeling a bit nippy?: People take part in the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ in Berlin exit the train station, into the chilly Sunday air
No extra legroom: In Vienna, Austria, people rubbed knees as they bound from one station top the next without trousers
The world-wide event is considered a Flash Mob, or a coordinated event that has been planned but seems spontaneous to the public
In the spirit of the ride, two people wearing no trousers make people laugh as they partake in the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ in Prague
Joining in the fun: This man removes his trousers in order to take part in the Czech Republic’s ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ in Prague
This seat taken?: This Czech woman reads a book while joining riders around the world by travelling on the train without trousers
Walking through the train station in Prague, these commuters show off their long legs in the ‘No Pants’ ride
Passengers not wearing pants help a woman with her luggage as they take part in the No Pants Subway Ride in Prague, Czech Republic
These young riders have a chance to show off their favourite foot wear as they travel trouserless on the train in Czech Republic
Two girls prepare to take part in the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ as an older woman looks on in confusion at the display
Braving the cold: These travellers wear coats but no trousers for the ride, looking comfortable inside the station where it’s warmer
Trouserless Australians in Brisbane also joined the global trend, taking to public transport in frilled undergarments
Melbourne residents were also seen without pants catching the trams across the city starting at Fleming park at 12pm on January 10
There were only three rules for the event: no pants, shorts or skirts while riding the tram in Melbourne
People of all ages including grannies in floral and light pink sleepwear (right) stood with other Adelaide locals during the no pants event
Personalities were matched on the cheeky bottoms of Australians, some dressed with smiles on the Brisbane train ride, while others boasted comic book laden undergarments
More than 1300 people indicated on Facebook they planned to attend the 2016 edition but as expected by organisers, the real number was only about 10 per cent of that for the Brisbane event
The warm weather in Australia welcomed the event with open arms with some participants stopping for a icy treat on their trip on Sunday