Video Of The Week — Feathers Explode On International Pillow Fight Day

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International Pillow Fight Day 2013 in Paris [Photo Credit: By Rodolphe Breard from Paris, France [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons]

What better way to spend an afternoon than having an old-fashioned pillow fight with total strangers? That, believe it or not, is what thousands of fun-loving adults and children across the world did on Saturday, April 1, which in addition to being Fools’ Day, also happened to be International Pillow Fight Day.

To participate, fighters gathered at predetermined “battlegrounds.” They were armed with fluffy pillows as well as rakes and trash bags to clean up the ensuing mess. The only rules were to hit opponents gently and avoid those that did not have a pillow or were holding a camera. The hour-long chaos, which began as soon as the signal was sounded, continued until all the feathers have been released.

International Pillow Fight Day 2016 – Amsterdam (Photo Credit: By Elzbietazet (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

International Pillow Fight Day, which started seven years ago, is the brainchild of the Urban Playground Movement. The volunteer group’s mission is to organize unique public events that become a significant part of the popular culture. The pillow fight has certainly caught on. This year, residents in over 100 cities, including Washington DC, New York, Sao Paolo, and Istanbul, participated in this fun celebration. Judging from the videos, they all appeared to be a roaring success. In addition to this feather-flying event, the group has also organized mass Capture the Flag games and bubble battles.

Resources: pillowfightday.com


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  • camrynTuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    cool i don't really care so coooool!
    • bigmak2006
      bigmak2006Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm
      what is that and someone tell me now
      • bigbeto
        bigbetoTuesday, September 12, 2017 at 11:42 am
        bigmak2006 those are pillows! It was National Pillow Fight Day there!! Those are feathers flying in the air
      • JackWednesday, August 30, 2017 at 6:27 am
        I want to do it.
        • RediateTuesday, August 29, 2017 at 10:04 am
          That must be very fun
          • ShiriukiFriday, August 25, 2017 at 12:21 pm
            That'd be AWESOME!! I wish I was there!!
            • rijuFriday, August 11, 2017 at 6:20 am
              that looks fun !!
              • +@m@|¡¥@|-|Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm
                That's really funny I have had a pillow fight but they always seem to give me headaches and it gets annoying and then I get frustrated because I get tired😱
                • ipiggi
                  ipiggiFriday, July 21, 2017 at 7:13 am
                  I wish I could do that! ;)😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱
                  • AnonymousFriday, July 7, 2017 at 10:21 am
                    everyone there is WEIRD
                    • ElliFriday, July 7, 2017 at 9:54 am
                      lol

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