PORTLAND – MAX train riders may have noticed several passengers missing a key item of clothing over the weekend.
On Sunday, pantsless passengers hit the MAX as part of the “No Pants Ride.” While the scantily clad riders may have pretended not to know each other, they were actually participating in a tradition started in New York City by the comedy group, Improv Everywhere.
According to Improv Everywhere, the event celebrates silliness, with passengers wearing winter coats, hats and scarves but no pants in the middle of January.
“There is nobody here who is not smiling,” said pantsless participant Jensen in Portland. “It’s the perfect thing for Portland, and Portland just loves this kind of thing.”
Sunday’s event was the 13th annual No Pants Ride. Thousands of people in more than 60 cities around the world participated in this year’s prank.