No Pants Day
is a prank
some groups have made into an annual event. The prank is based on
the premise of having people attend an event not wearing any
. Participants are challenged to act
as if there is nothing strange about not wearing pants in public.
The liberation of breaking a social taboo and seeing the reaction
of people not aware of the event, generally makes the event fun for
its participants. Different groups celebrate it on different days
of the year.
There are unconfirmed reports that the holiday was celebrated as
early as 1985 or 1986, there is no known physical record of the
origin or first practice of No Pants Day.
Knighthood of BUH at the University of Texas at Austin are advocates of the holiday. Austin has celebrated the day since 1997 according to a
The holiday gets media attention every year, and
as a result events celebrating No Pants Day have popped up in
cities across the globe. Promoters state that the holiday is about
not taking oneself seriously. The holiday is an example of surreal
humor, which relies on an absurd situation (in this case, crowds of
people walking around wearing no trousers).
Boise, Idaho celebrated its first No Pants Day in 2008.
A version of No Pants Day is The No Pants Subway
, an annual event organized by New York City prank
collective Improv Everywhere
this event, members of the group enter a subway car at consecutive
stops without pants in the middle of winter. Participants pretend
that they do not know each other and if asked, claim that they
simply "forgot" their pants. The first No Pants Subway Ride took
place in 2002 with seven riders and has grown exponentially each
year. In 2009 over 1,200 people participated in New York and over
1,000 more participated in 21 other cities around the world. The
fact that the No Pants Subway Ride has become a global event with
multiple cities participating on the same day has led to its
confusion with No Pants Day.
Pants Day FAQ
- No Pants
- University of
Texas — Knighthood of the BUH
- Pictures on Flickr
No Pants Day
- Improv Everywhere — The No Pants Subway