Style-wise, the District is decidedly not the most exciting. Washington business attire is a far cry from New York’s eclectic (with a dash of hipster) style. This Sunday Improv Everywhere offers District residents a chance to let down their hair – and their pants – with the 13th annual No Pants Subway Ride.
Improv Everywhere is a New York-based “prank collective” famous for arranging shenanigans like Frozen Grand Central and Human Mirror. Sunday, January 12th 2014 marks the 13th year of Improv Everywhere’s No Pants Subway Ride. The prank collective websites delineates participant requirements: “1) Willing to take pants off on the Subway. 2) Able to keep a straight face about it.”
Fifty-seven cities around the world will be participating. This year’s exposed subway ride will be D.C.’s sixth ride.
Capitol Improv is in charge of logistics. District participants will arrive at Hancock Park – adjacent to the L’Enfant Plaza – at 2 p.m. Sunday. In terms of dress, Capitol Improv’s Facebook event asks for a PG-13 rating; the pages offers speedos and bikini bottoms as a reference point.
The revealing ride will not be a shock to all, however. Capitol Improv has informed the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority of its presence.
This year’s ride has brought a mixed bag of opinion. Editors at the DCist are and have been particularly hostile.
Regardless of the naysayers, Vox says do what you want.
If no pants is your jam, then rock on.