NYC commuters strip down for the No Pants Subway Ride 2013

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Some riders in the New York City subway in the underwear as the take part in the 2012 No Pants Subway Ride January 8, 2012. Started by Improv Everywhere, the goal is for riders to get on the subway train dressed in normal winter clothes (without pants) and keep a straight face. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Once again, New York City commuters dropped their long johns and tights on Sunday for the annual No Pants Subway Ride.


Undeterred by a particularly nasty flu season, thousands of participants were expected this year.


The event, put on by the group Improv Everywhere, also takes place in more than 50 countries, according to their website.


“The mission started as a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year.”


2013 marks the 12th anniversary of the No Pants Subway Ride.



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