'No Pants Day' 2013 Minneapolis Begins at Mall of America
The annual tradition stems from New York's No Pants Subway Ride.
The tradition was started in 2002 by Improv Everywhere in New York. Basically, a bunch of people get together and when they are waiting for the train, they take their pants off and ride the train. The event spread globally and is now hosted in dozens of cities from Lisbon, Portugual to Montreal, Canada.
The Minneapolis event begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mall of America—just a hop skip and a jump over the Richfield border. Participants will meet at the lower level of the transit station at the mall. There will be a sign that reads "Plan B MN Improv" or "No Pants 2013." The ride ends at Target Field.
According to the event posting on Facebook, some of the rules are as follows:
1. Pants must be worn in the mall at all times. You will only drop trou when we say to. Until then, you must show up with pants ON. (Bring a back pack to put your pants in or even better, share one with your friends!)
2. All underwear must be family appropriate. And yes, you do have to wear underwear. I don't even know why you would ask that, but people have... Don't wear anything that you wouldn't wear to the beach with your grandma!
3. Have fun, play it cool, and listen to any updates to the rules we may have before the event starts!
Of course, when asked about the mob of pantless folks by unaware riders, all participants reply something like: "Oops. I must have forgot my pants."
Responding that way is a requirement similar to Fight Club's "You don't talk about the club" rule, according to the event's Facebook page. The event is being put on by Plan B MN, a Minnesota-based "guerrilla improv group."
Transit Police will be on hand to remove those who will do not comply with rules. For more information on the Minneapolis event, go to the event's Facebook page.