01/12/2014 10:57 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

No Pants SkyTrain Ride In Vancouver Shocks, Amuses (PHOTOS)

HuffPost B.C.

Over 100 people were literally caught with their pants down as part of the fifth annual No Pants SkyTrain Ride in Vancouver on Sunday.

Larry Piche with Vancouver Improv Anywhere, a flash mob company that organizes the ride every year, said that the 2014 event drew its highest numbers yet, though he didn't specify how many attended. Last year's event drew hundreds.

Asked why he would organize such an activity, his answer was simple: "I think that people are looking for a reason to drop their pants."

Check out images from this year's No Pants ride. Story continues after the slideshow:

Photo gallery No Pants SkyTrain Ride, Vancouver 2014 See Gallery

The event originates with New York's Improv Anywhere, which held the first No Pants Subway Ride in 2002. It has since expanded to cities including Shanghai, Istanbul and Adelaide, Australia.

Participants packed an Expo Line train at Commercial-Broadway station at the start of the ride at around 4 p.m. The doors closed and they immediately set about removing their pants and stuffing them in some bags.

The action drew a mixed response from riders. Some looked at the participants with derision, while others laughed, and still others kept their gazes firmly focused outside the train.

Riders disembarked for photo-ops at Stadium SkyTrain station, then again at Waterfront where they switched to the Canada Line.

New Westminster's Jamie Minnie wore a Robin costume for her first pantless Skytrain ride after only finding out about it yesterday.

"I've always wanted to do Improv (Anywhere) but this is the first time I actually knew the date," she told The Huffington Post B.C.

"It's really cool that they're doing it in Vancouver."

Michael Duncan, who went pantless in his third outing, said the event is retaining its shock value but that it doesn't surprise commuters the way it used to.

"It's become so big that it's more like a party on a SkyTrain rather than, I happened to take my pants off and no one really knows what's going on," he said.

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