Pantless passengers a promise this Sunday

Pantless passengers a promise this Sunday

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TOPSHOTS - Some riders wait for the subway in the underwear as the take part in the 2012 No Pants Subway Ride January 8, 2012 in New York City. Started by Improv Everywhere, the goal is for riders to get on the subway train dressed in normal winter clothes (without pants) and keep a straight face. TOPSHOTS / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 12 at 12:19 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The twelfth annual 'No Pants Subway Ride' will hit platforms across America on Sunday, and for the first time, a group of Charlotteans plan to participate.

What started as a simple prank comprised of seven guys riding the subway in New York City pantless some 12 years ago, has grown into an international display of silliness.

Organizers behind  the idea, a group of improv actors based in the Big Apple, say the tradition is simple: board your local subway, light rail, etc. wearing your winter coat, scarf, mittens and beanie, just leave the pants at home-- all while keeping a straight face.

According to the Charlotte 2013 No Pants Light Rail Ride Facebook page, there's already more than 100 Charlotteans committed to hit the light rail sans pants this Sunday.

The logistics, details and participation requirements can be found there, too.

In 2011, nearly 4,000 people participated in New York City alone, with tens of thousands more participating in 59 cities and 27 countries around the globe.

We just may have to check this out come Sunday-- but I think we'll keep our pants on.

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