The International Pillow Fight Day is celebrated on 2nd April all over the world. The pillow fight is part of the urban playgroup movement – a playful part of the larger public space movement.
The International Pillow Fight 2011 was held in 130 locations over the world including Adelaide in Australia, Toronto in Canada, Zurich in Switzerland, Seoul in South Korea, Paris in France and others.
- Fight only with soft pillow. Hard objects are not allowed
- No feathers as they leave a mess
- Remove your glasses and then jump in
- Start when the whistle blows at 1500 and not before that
- Swing lightly
- Don’t swing at anyone without a pillow or holding a camera
- Wear pyjamas and night clothes (no ugly-naked-guys)
- Don’t take permission to hold the event. Public assembly is a human right.
- Clean up after the pillow fight
Memorabilia included the ‘whack and keep’ souvenir pillows for £5, t-shirts for £10.50 and tickets for the after party.
Trafalgar Square was full of people in their nightgowns, jumpsuits, overalls, onesies, fluffy slippers, bathrobes, long john’s and pyjamas.
The whistle blew at 1500 and people of all ages started swinging their pillows. As they were fighting, many pillows exploded and there were innumerable feathers flying all over the place. I was totally trashed and full of feathers but my pillow was intact.
At the end of the fight, many were exhausted and laid down at Trafalgar Square with their heads on their pillows.