Pro Pants, celebrating its fourth year, is a response to Improv Everywhere’s annual No Pants! Subway Ride. Pro Pants exists to inform the pantsless about the pant options available to them, if they feel that something in their lives may be missing. Pro Pants is a non-pantisan organization, accepting all pant belief systems.
This is clearly a year for pants: ‘11 even resembles a pair of pants. In 2011, Pro Pants exploded in size; over thirty highly trained representatives circulated in Union Square, distributing literature and engaging many of the 3,000 pantsless in conversation about pants. We were proud to offer information in several formats:
- Eight Pro Pants representatives wearing sandwich boards handed out pamphlets and engaged passersby in thoughtful dialogue. These conversational ninjas presented open minds and information to hundreds of the pantsless.
- Two dozen more representatives walked around passing out literature, speaking with the pantsless to explain the Pro Pants mission and the Free Pants Test option. The literature this year was in hot demand, perhaps indicating an increased interest in pants in 2011.
- Eight Pro Pants representatives issued Free Pants Tests, one-page questionnaires entitled “Do You Need Pants?”.
- Two Pants Technicians measured and fitted willing questionnaire-takers with pants if the results indicated they were in need (they always were, of course).
Pro Pants representatives issued more than 300 questionnaires, distributed 1500 pamphlets, and gave away 40 pairs of pants.
As of this writing, as expected, roughly 100% of the 3000 pantsless riders had accepted pants into their lives!
This year we were saddened by the absence of co-founder Jason Eppink, whose art star life pulled him into Astoria instead of Union Square. We are happy to report he was wearing pants in solidarity! See his excellent report from 2K10 for more insight into our mission.
We have infinite love for Improv Everywhere, which provides the pantsless with a community, and Pro Pants with a venue for our activities. Thank you, IE!
Awaiting Haydur’s always-fantastic documentation!