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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  • xxschoolgirlxx
    xxschoolgirlxxSaturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    there was a little kid bombarding this one lady. Then some of his friends came and started to. Lol I feel bad for that girl x3
    • :)Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm
      i wish I was there
      • PersonTuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:25 am
        • cristieFriday, December 8, 2017 at 5:49 am
          so cool i was there wen it happen
          • jjFriday, December 1, 2017 at 10:52 am
            tat is cool :}
            • virisThursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:33 am
              this is lol
              • Wirybiscuit6910Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 5:31 am
                😱!!!!!! LOL
                • x-men4life
                  x-men4lifeSaturday, October 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm
                  No way so cool
                  • MemeMonday, October 2, 2017 at 10:44 am
                    Wow nice
                    • SwagWednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:34 am
                      That's beast

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