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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?

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!

catman January 10, 2013 at 05:15 PM
And the point of this is what exactly ? What is it they're promoting other than the fact that some people have way too much free time on their hands ?
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Haha. For the sole purpose of fun, catman. It's done in NYC and Boston as well. All the L.A. info is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/511932168825096/
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 12:41 AM
And SF: http://www.facebook.com/events/471254752925571/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
Christine White January 11, 2013 at 01:06 AM
What am I missing???
Christopher Thom January 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM
You're missing your sense of humor. You uptight weirdos are exactly the target of this living art piece. People are so afraid of stepping out of societal norms, in fear of being different or not following convention. These agents are illustrating that even going extremely outside the group is not only something we shouldn't fear but it can be fun and entertaining to others. If they can ride metro pantless, you should easily be brave enough to be unique at a much smaller level.
Deborah Lashever January 12, 2013 at 08:10 PM
It's just for FUN! Remember fun? I think it is awesome that people do random fun stuff as a group. I've been a fan of this kind of flash mob for years! More of this stuff! Life is hard enough, this is a kick for those who participate AND those who observe. No one gets hurt...all good. Kind of weird to have it announced in advance like this. Kinda puts a damper on the surprise value for the people who have read this, but also gives more peeps a chance to participate...
Arnold Watson January 13, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I couldn't agree more...excellent response!
Arnold Watson January 13, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Life is very short and we need to enjoy it while we can.

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