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

By Meera Dolasia on April 10, 2017

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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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  • AutumnThursday, June 8, 2017 at 8:41 pm
    I've already done a pillow fight with my cousin and my sister. It was so fun!!!
    • harryw
      harrywMonday, June 5, 2017 at 10:51 am
      • scigirlronni
        scigirlronniFriday, May 26, 2017 at 3:57 am
        I wish I did that pillow fight in New York!
        • iwishshayish
          iwishshayishThursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:34 am
          I wish I was there
          • shayThursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:08 am
            • BrodyWednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7:56 am
              • princess pinkTuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10:15 am
                im totally doing it next year it sounds so much fun
                • bear_bear
                  bear_bearFriday, May 19, 2017 at 10:02 am
                  • YOUFriday, May 19, 2017 at 9:55 am
                    let me at it
                    • natt
                      nattThursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:43 am

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