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Record Cold Not Enough To Stop ‘No Pants Subway Ride’

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern California may be in the midst of a record cold snap, but that wasn’t enough to stop some local commuters from stripping down on the Metro this weekend.

Hundreds of Los Angeles subway riders took part in the 12th Annual “No Pants Subway Ride” on Sunday, joining thousands of other riders who dropped their pants in New York City, Sydney, London, Berlin, Paris, and nearly 60 other cities around the world.

The event – which was started by Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002 with only 7 participants – was caught on camera by LAist.com and featured riders wearing everything from boxer shorts to thong underwear to Batman “Underoos”.

Among the youngest participants: a 2- or 3-year-old toddler, who is seen in one of the photos wearing nothing but a vest and diapers.

Participants were asked to board a subway car at separate stops in 50-degree weather without wearing any long pants. Riders were instructed to otherwise wear winter clothing, including coats, scarves and gloves, and to behave as if they did not know one another.

Bare-legged riders traveled from both ends of the Gold Line in Pasadena and East Los Angeles, from the Red Line in North Hollywood, from the Purple Line in Koreatown, and from the Expo Line in Culver City to Union Station.

Improv Everywhere founder Charlie Todd said there was no agenda behind the event other than to elicit smiles from the public in a “celebration of silliness.”

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