Subway riders go without pants to help the homeless and those with disabilities

Justin Udo
January 12, 2020 - 6:12 pm
A Market-Frankford Line rider looks away as fellow passengers take part in the No Pants Subway Ride to benefit the homeless.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sunday was an unseasonably warm day in Philadelphia, and for some, that made it the perfect day to make their way through the city without any pants.

"It's amazing," exclaimed Kenyatta, one of several onlookers taken by surprise when dozens of people dropped their pants on the Market Frankford Line, showing off their fishnets, boxers, briefs and granny panties.

"My favorite reaction is the shock on people's faces once you take off your pants," said Raymond Wall, one of the organizers with No Pants Subway Ride Philly, "and they're like, 'What's going on? Why are people taking their pants off?"

For the last eight years, Wall's company Got Laundry has teamed up with Disability Pride Philly, where they ride the El from Center City to 69th Street and back, pantless. "What we are doing is we are dropping our pants in appreciation of the homeless, and also to recognize what's going on in the disability community," he said.

The pantless day is also about taking action, according to Wall.

"This is also a clothing drive for the homeless," he explained. "People drop their pants if they're willing to give them away, they give them away, we give them to the homeless, and we also do a drive for socks. Not a lot of people know this, but homeless people are in need of a lot of socks."

The No Pants Subway Ride originated in New York 20 years ago, and has since spread to cities all over the world.