Over 300 people participated in the No Pants 2010 Ride in Phoenix, inciting confusion, shock, and joy in the local community.
On Sunday, January 10, 2010, Phoenix was abuzz with Cardinals Football fever as people gathered at light rail stations at the east and west ends of the light rail line. The event leaders, identified by the red scarves tied to their bags inconspicuously navigated the nervous crowds, answering questions and reviewing the action plan.
At 2pm, participants began filling the light rail trains. We had so many participants in the east valley that they had to be divided into two trains. Even with the group split up across three trains, there was standing room only in the cars.
As the trains began to move, the pants came off. Non-participants reacted first with looks of confusion, which turned into shock often followed by laughter. One onlooker was inspired by the newly pantsless people around him that he removed his jeans as well! At each stop, new people entered the trains and asked us, “Where are your pants?” An older gentleman said he enjoyed the view as he chatted with three cute pantsless women on his way to The Spaghetti Factory.
Each pantsless group poured out of the trains in central Phoenix and walked to the Starbucks at Arizona Center. As we walked down the street we were greeted by perplexed looks, car honks, and a few people pulling out their cameras to snap a few shots to show the folks back home.
At Starbucks, more people were motivated by our fun and removed their pants. We were there for nearly an hour, talking, laughing, and taking pictures when a security guard approached us and said that we had to put our pants back on. (Note: the Starbucks was next to Hooters where the waitresses were wearing even less than us!) Refusing to comply, we left, either heading back from whence we came, or taking our merriment to the after party at Dave’s Electric Brewpub. Thanks @RailLife for setting it up!
As we rode towards the pub, a Metro security guard entered the packed car to check for tickets. He was greeted by chants of “Pants Off!” He laughed and said he felt overdressed.
One onlooker turned to Tim, one of our intrepid pantsless leaders, and asked why none of us were wearing pants. Tim responded, “You know, I hadn’t really noticed.” The onlooker immediately pointed to two pantsless ladies – one with undies that said, “Prude” and other’s said, “Geek” – and said, “You’re telling me you didn’t notice this?” Tim could only smile and shrug.
While we were relaxing at the pub, a Tempe Police car pulled up and asked if we were the No Pants group. The officer said, “That’s awesome. We had a briefing about you.” We’re not sure if his pun was intentional, but it was beautiful. We asked the local media to not ruin the fun, but some ignored us and spilled the beans. Others were more circumspect and we ended up with a few good mentions around town.
The No Pants Light Rail Ride was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who joined us, especially the 40 veterans from last year’s ride. Thanks to nooccar, Nick Bastian, Art Rodriguez, and others we have a lot of great pictures in Flickr. If you add your own please tag them with ‘nopantsaz’ and ‘improvAZ’. We will add pictures to our Facebook group as we can, and you’re welcome to post yours to the event! We hope to post the video on YouTube shortly.
Related articles by Zemanta
- Riders go pantless on Seattle’s Link light rail (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Video: Improv Everywhere stages “No Pants Day” on NYC subways (inquisitr.com)
Brian Carson says
On the return ride home on the rail, an elderly couple boarded. They seemed surprised at the array of pantless patrons and asked my 16yr old daughter “Why aren’t you wearing pants my dear?” My daughter explained – in true improvisational fashion – that some random guy did it first, so some other people did it, so she did it too. When they asked “Well aren’t you afraid of what your parents might say if they find out?” Kimberly replied “No, my dad is right there, and he isn’t wearing pants either!”
Jeff Moriarty says
Perfect! There were a few families out for the event enjoying the silly fun. Glad both of you came and contributed to the confusion!
Devon Christopher Adams says
Hi all. I loved this event. I was one of the “official” photographers and was suppose to pretend I wasn’t part of it (hence why I was clothed!) … it was odd though, because the non-participating riders thought I was some creeper perv voyeur because I was shooting people. Interesting perspective for me. Next year I believe I will shoot again, but maybe in my skiivies 🙂
Also, I am known corporeally as Devon Christopher Adams. … Thank you, for the “thank you, Nooccar”.
Jeff Moriarty says
Thanks for helping out with the pictures, Devon! You got some great shots. Having the photogs wear pants or not was a weird question for exactly the reason you brought up. Maybe next year we’ll have the photos were half pants or something… 😉