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More than 100 people plan to ride light rail without pants for a good cause

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CHARLOTTE--More than 100 people plan to ride the Lynx Blue Line in Charlotte without pants Sunday afternoon and it’s all for a good cause.

“The point is just to do something a little different, to shake up Charlotte, put a smile on people’s faces,” said Richard Purcell of The Moxie Project, who is bringing the event to Charlotte. “We want people to ride the light rail very civilly, not cause any trouble. Just do it very nonchalant and act like it’s a regular day.”

The “No Pants Light Rail Ride” is part of a prank that started in New York City. Comedy group Improv Everywhere staged the first “No Pants Subway Ride” 12 years ago and the idea has since taken off.

“Over 50 different cities around the whole entire world are doing this, in over 25 countries,” explained Purcell. “And so what makes Charlotte different? I think one thing about Charlotte is we like to give back, we’re very altruistic.

That’s why the event’s organizers hope those who participate in Charlotte’s ride will take off their pants, and then donate them to people in need.

“I would like to see a lot of people bring clothes,” said Trent Corbin, co-founder of Warm Charlotte, an organization that gives donated clothes to local non-profits. “It doesn’t have to just be pants. Hats, scarves, really anything – even t-shirts and shorts for the summer. It’s all needed and we’ll take it all.

The group plans to meet Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Scaleybark station, and will start getting on different trains from there. Afterwards, riders can head to Common Market for discounted drinks and snacks. Warm Charlotte will be there accepting donations.

More than 100 people have already committed to Sunday’s no-pants ride on Facebook.

“I’m just looking forward to seeing everyone out Sunday without pants, with a straight face, a good attitude, and good behavior,” said Purcell.

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