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.


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  • mattchien
    mattchienSunday, June 13, 2021 at 7:56 am
    looks so fun!
    • kittylover111
      kittylover111Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:02 am
      Can't do that with COVID. :(
      • pukipukipunpun
        pukipukipunpunWednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:23 pm
        Oh wow this looks like a lotta fun! Follow and Like if you agree
        • frenchie_friend
          frenchie_friendTuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:09 pm
          omg this looks so funnnn I really wanna be there. :D
          • coolkid77
            coolkid77Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:51 pm
            OMG i wish that was in florida :(
            • mwollschlager
              mwollschlagerTuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11:19 am
              it looks like fun
              • lovebooks123
                lovebooks123Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1:07 pm
                It looks like snow
                • mangogirl
                  mangogirlTuesday, April 14, 2020 at 12:50 pm
                  LOL I want to be there
                  • lovelymarissa
                    lovelymarissaThursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:05 pm
                    The best holiday apart from New year because you get money! And it is so much fun! I wish I was there. But what if it was a prank?
                    • coolman46
                      coolman46Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:58 am
                      looks so much fun