12th Annual ‘Phoenix No Pants Light Rail Ride’ 2020 #NoPantsPhx


Photo credit: Brenda Kochevar

Phoenix No Pants Light Rail Ride

Brenda Kochevar, Reporter

Adventurous Valley residents boarded Valley Metro Light Rail without their pants and travelled downtown for a party at The Churchill on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.

Pants-less riders were greeted by ImprovAZ members at three light rail stops in the Valley.

Riders were encouraged to act normally and to create an excuse if they were asked about their attire or lack of it.

Northeast Valley News spoke with Ruth Carter from ImprovArizona regarding the prank.

“This is the “No Pants Light Rail Ride,”—the 12th Annual, part of the Global No Pants Subway Ride! People all over the world today will be riding their public transportation, without their pants,” Carter said.

The first No Pants Subway Ride occurred in New York City 19 years ago. It has since spread globally to such cities as Amsterdam, Berlin, Brisbane, Los Angeles, Munich, Phoenix, Prague, Seattle and more as part of Improv Everywhere’s Global No Pants Subway Ride.

Northeast Valley News spoke with Bruce Wilson at the Mesa Sycamore and Main light rail stop.

“I heard about this, well we’re going to the party downtown,” Wilson said.

Wilson, dressed in blue with his unicorn clad partner, expressed his excitement about the event.

“Read about it, never been. Just thought we had to experience it cause it’s something weird and different. And we don’t get enough weird and different around Phoenix, things are way too normal around here most of the time,” Wilson said.