No pants, no problem: Boston holds 7th annual No Pants Subway Ride on the MBTA

Hundreds came out and took part in the 7th annual No Pants Subway ride. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
Hundreds came out and took part in the 7th annual No Pants Subway ride.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

Dorchester resident Andrew Walbrown stood amidst a crowd at Pemberton Square Sunday, patiently awaiting the go-ahead to nonchalantly take off his pants and take a ride on the T.

“I’ve always been a nudist at heart, so I could go all day without wearing clothes in public,” said Walbrown, who was one of hundreds of Bostonians to participate in Boston’s seventh annual No Pants Subway Ride, organized by a self-described “society of shenanigans,” BostonSOS.

The comedy event was first created by Improv Everywhere in New York City in 2002, and now happens each January in cities across the globe.

“I feel there’s nothing to be ashamed of, so this was never awkward for me. I feel at home,” said veteran participant Walbrown, adding that Sunday’s 50-degree windy weather didn’t faze him.

“A lot of people might complain, but years past there has been 3 inches of snow on the ground and it’s been 20 degrees,” he said.

Inside the T, passengers who weren’t too engrossed in books or smartphones appeared bewildered and amused, some going so far as to question pantsless participants about their apparent wardrobe malfunctions.

“Being Boston, I’m not really that surprised,” said Orange Line passenger Katie G. after spotting a group of pantsless passengers. “Because it’s not atypical to see someone undressing or wearing extravagant clothing on the T, especially the Orange Line. I think it’s funny. … I would participate.”

Organizer James Cobalt decided to make  a change this year: In order to get the specifics, participants had to first watch an online video that provided instructions and etiquette reminders.

“It’s something I thought might help. I wanted to make the process faster,” said Cobalt, who said he loves to watch the responses of unsuspecting Bostonians during the event.

“A big part of it is just making people laugh,” said Cobalt. “Then the challenge is not laughing yourself.”

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

University of New Mexico running back arrested for…

By Joseph J. KolbALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A University of New Mexico football player has been arrested on suspicion of raping and kidnapping a…

National

Teen who stowed away on flight to Hawaii…

By Alex Dobuzinskis(Reuters) - A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a…

Money

Investing is easier than you think

Easy investing: Everything you need to know about investing, you already do.

International

Arion1: Pill-shaped bicycle hits 90 mph

The Arion1 is a pod-like bicycle that aims to take the land speed record.

Television

John Turturro tags in for Robert De Niro…

The cast of the courtroom drama miniseries has undergone yet another shift. Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro…

Arts

"The Shape She Makes", an "extraordinary treat" at…

“The Shape She Makes” is a fascinating melding of theater and dance in a narrative that exposes human vulnerability in its purest form. Initially, the…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 22: 'Glee,' 'Agents…

'Glee' Rachel makes her Broadway debut in "Funny Girl." Remember when she was just a high school drama nerd? FOX, 8PM 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'…

The Word

Lindsay Lohan's big, drunk interview

Lindsay Lohan appears to be completely off the wagon now, if Kode magazine's chronicle of her trip to Coachella is any indication. According to the…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Yankees rout Red Sox, 9-3

Jon Lester allows eight runs in 4 2/3 innings taking loss

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers,…

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees surge. The A's, Braves, Rangers, Giants and Rockies are also in the top 10.

Sports

American runners stand tallest in 2014 Boston Marathon

American runners stand tallest in 2014 Boston Marathon

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon results: American Meb Keflezighi wins…

2014 Boston Marathon results: American Meb Keflezighi wins men's race

Wellbeing

How to burn off all that Easter candy

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but you can't eat chocolate eggs and Jelly Bellys forever.

Food

Powdered alcohol: 5 things to know about 'Palcohol'

What's the deal with powdered alcohol? Here's what you need to know about Palcohol.

Travel

Travel hacks: 6 tips on living out of…

Lynne Martin shares her travel hacks on living out of just two suitcases.

Wellbeing

Tough Mudder pro gives tips on conquering a…

Learn hacks from head designer Nolan Kombol.