no pants subway riders from a previous year philadelphia No Pants Subway riders from a previous year. Credit: Facebook

The un-ironic celebration of the human body and public transit that is the infamous 'No Pants Subway Ride' returns to Philadelphia today.

Organized by Philadelphia's Urban Playground and originally started in 2002 by the Improv Everywhere group, the No Pants Subway Ride has taken place annually in Philly for the last several years.

Participants are gathering at the southwest corner of Broad and Arch streets at 3 p.m. today.

 

From there, they will head to City Hall station, board a subway car, and lose their lower garments -- keeping on the underwear, of course.

While squeamish riders or those with small children may want to avoid cars with pantsless riders, the strange event does not violate SEPTA policies.

The riders currently plan to ride the Broad Street subway, then transfer to the Market-Frankford el, and will end their celebration of life and spontaneity at Frankford Transportation Center around 5 p.m.

But there's always a chance that there could be a few surprises on the ride.

According to a Facebook listing for the event, 95 people have currently RSVPed that they are going to Philly's No Pants Subway Ride.

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