Toronto's No Pants Subway Ride is cancelled this year

Jan 5 2021, 12:46 pm

Some might be sad, while others rejoice, because the No Pants Subway Ride has been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, the company Improv Everywhere announced the cancellation.

“We look forward to hosting more large-scale events once it is safe to do so again. In the meantime, we’ll be working remotely on an office in the middle of the river.”

The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event staged by Improv Everywhere every January in New York City — the date changes from year to year and is announced in early December.

And while the mission started as “a small prank with seven guys,” it grew into an international phenomenon taking place in various cities around the world.

“The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants,” the website reads.

The pandemic does not permit large gatherings, as they can increase virus spread, and many residents are not taking the subway due to COVID-19.

The event first began in 2002.