Dozens of people scantily clad below the waist — some wearing merely panties, others in briefs, boxers or shorts — rode the Link light-rail line Sunday in the annual no-pants event.

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If you’re easily embarrassed by the sight of too much exposed skin, you wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere near the Link light-rail line Sunday afternoon.

Dozens of people scantily clad below the waist — some wearing merely panties, others in briefs, boxers or shorts — rode the rails in what has become the annual No Pants Light Rail Ride.

The point is to “make people happy; put a smile on their faces,” said Luke Greenway, with the event organizer, Emerald City Improv.

The Seattle gig was part of No Pants events in 56 cities worldwide. It all started a decade ago with a No Pants Subway ride in New York.

In Seattle, regularly clothed riders made sidelong glances at their more exposed counterparts, careful in that polite Seattle way not to stare. A photography Meetup group felt no such compunction; there were cameras everywhere.

Weatherwise, Sunday was probably as good a day as any to take your pants off in public, as temperatures came close to 50 degrees. And Kentridge High School friends Jessica Sanchez, Mary Newlon, Abby Fuller and Jacob Buchen were grateful for that.

The four figured it would be fun to strip down, but all admitted they might not have done it if the others hadn’t.

“When I told my mom, she said, ‘You’re doing what?’ ” Sanchez admits. Fuller said her mother simply warned, “Don’t get into trouble.”

There was a bit of chaos early on when an overzealous Sound Transit police officer, who apparently hadn’t gotten the memo, told Ralph Brenner to put his pants back on.

He was grumbling about it as he boarded the train at Westlake but quickly stripped out of jeans as he noticed many others around him were down to their undies.

Brenner said he was egged on by friends in Germany who had taken part in their city’s event.

“It’s for a good cause: a good laugh,” he said.

“It’s all so stressful all the time. This is a chance to do something fun, smile, ride the subway with no pants on.”

Lornet Turnbull: 206-464-2420 or lturnbull@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @turnbulll.