A Pantsless Mission on Metro, if You Choose to Accept it

No Pants Metro Ride kicks off again Sunday in Los Angeles. Riders are encouraged to travel pantsless throughout the Metro system that day. Will you?

Don't be alarmed in you encounter a gaggle of pantsless passengers traveling through Highland Park on the Gold Line train on Sunday.

For the fifth year in a row, Los Angeles Metro riders on Sunday are being encouraged by a local improv group to forget their pants and go on a mission through city turnstiles.

Participants, who are called "agents" in No Pants Metro Ride 2013, will meet their "ride captains" with code names at one of five locations: Expo Line Culver City, Red Line North Hollywood Station, Gold Line Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena, Gold Line Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles and the Purple Line Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown.

GLA (Guerilla Los Angeles) Improv borrowed the idea of pantsless day from New York City's "No Pants Subway Ride" organized by the group Improv Everywhere, which promotes the global interest in the pantsless phenomenon.

The Los Angeles plan calls for waves of pantsless agents to arrive at Union Station in downtown and head to Hollywood/Highland Station. There, the group's organizers will say a few words, take a group picture and pick a restaurant or bar to "debrief."

And if anyone asks why passengers dropped trou to ride Metro, the "agents" are encouraged to say they forgot their pants.

GLA Improv Organizer Leo Gonzalez, also known as Agent Silky, told Patch he hopes the weather's not too cold on Sunday.

"Most of it's indoors anyway," he said Wednesday. "It won't be that big of a deal."

More than 400 participants say they are going pantsless for the ride, according to the group's Facebook page, which, as Gonzalez describes it, reads like a dossier with details on the mission.

About the actual turnout, Gonzales said: "You can never really tell until the day of." 

Metro spokesman Dave Sotero said officials are aware of the pantsless stunt and the agency is not affiliated with it.

"As long as they don't go commando, they're fine," he said.

Watch a YouTube video of last year's pantsless Metro ride.

Are you joining the pantsless parade? Upload your photos on Patch!

HLP Frenchy January 10, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Lame idea...
Xato January 10, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Mike M January 10, 2013 at 06:49 PM
More hipsters trying to copy NY... sad sad sad. Not to mention all the pervs with their Polaroids... wait do perverts still use Polaroids? ;-)
El Cid January 10, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Freedom of expression is definitely a "Right!" But, what about the rights of others? I'm more concerned for young children, adolescent teenagers, and like the previous comment - "perverts!" Not a good idea! There has to be a better way to express yourself!
Creper Chimone January 10, 2013 at 09:48 PM
so 400 people will take time off and sign up to take their pants off wouldn't it be nice if 400 people would take time off to volunteer somewhere
Nimby pimp January 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM
My goodness, people. Lighten up. Didn't any of y'all engage in a joyful, shame free, victimless prank? And Creper, while the kids are out having fun, what say you do some volunteer work?
J, F, January 11, 2013 at 01:43 AM
this is just the beginning of events and all negative.
Mike M January 11, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this will lead to the moral decline of the country or that it should be stopped! I'm just saying they're copying NY, that's it. But youngsters are gonna do what they're gonna do.
Creper Chimone January 11, 2013 at 03:53 AM
sure nimby you can join me or my son at 826la in echo park some weekdays when I'm not work, or you can help out with the homeless count that is coming up at the end of the month which i'm signed up for too. leave me a message and i can email you info on each.
Nimby pimp January 11, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Good work Creper and thanks for the offer.


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