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Travellers cast off inhibitions on no pants subway ride day in pictures

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What started off as a comedy prank in New York in 2002 has blossomed to become a regular event on the global calendar

Subway riders around the world might have noticed something missing when their fellow transit users went trouserless on Sunday for the annual no pants subway ride.

Participants were told to get on trains and act as they normally would and were given an assigned point to take off their pants. They are asked to keep a straight face and respond matter-of-factly to anyone who asks them if theyre cold.

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Travellers in London get into the spirit of the no pants ride on Sunday. Photograph: Pacific Pres/Rex/Shutterstock

The event, organised by the Improv Everywhere comedy collective, started in 2002 in New York with just seven participants.

We want to give New Yorkers a reason to look up from their papers, from their phones, and experience something thats a little different than their average run-of-the-mill stuff, said Jesse Good, one of the events organisers.

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A subway rider goes pantless in New York. Photograph: Kathy Willens/AP

Pants-less subway rides took place this year in dozens of cities around the world, including in London, Boston; Berlin; Prague; and Warsaw, organisers said. Philadelphias version was sponsored by a laundry delivery service, which asked participants to show up with extra pants or other clothing to donate to charity.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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