International Pillow fight day 2011

If you always associated pillow fights with teenage girls in pink nightgowns having slumber parties amidst a shower of fluffy feathers, think again.

International Pillow Fight day at Trafalgar Square, London on April 2nd 2011 was anything but that. There were rules, no one could hit anyone that wasn’t armed with a pillow and there was a dress code that asked for pyjamas.

A whistle went off at 3:00 p.m at Trafalgar Square and the pillows went flying. It was like a battle with people bashing their pillows onto the heads of their friends, their acquaintances and people they didn’t even know. Televison crews and photographers crowded the square eagerly filming the spectacle as onlookers too afraid to partake in the fight watched the ‘fighters’ in amazement.

Everyone in the square fighting with their soft, bouncy weapons had let down their inhibitions and were truly letting themselves go with no qualms of being seeing in their night clothes in public nor ashamed of being adults and fighting in public. Laughter, screams and surprise attacks followed and within 30 minutes the square was covered in white fluff.

International Pillow Fight day was celebrated across the Globe in a number of locations including Australia, India, Brazil among others. 130 nations held their own pillows fight according to the Daily Telegraph.


The Pillow fight day which is the brain child of Kevin Bracken and Lori Kufner who started the practice in 2008, view it almost as an interactive art installation. No official permission was taken to stage this fight at Trafalgar Square but Londoner’s came out in large numbers to take part in this event.

The pillow fight even helped Japan as 5 pound worth pillows were available at the location and the proceeds went to the aid of Japan.

All in all, it was a bit of weird event that pulled all sorts of people to attend it. There were photographers and viewers who wanted to see just how crazy people could get in public, there were those who had issues to work out and swung their pillows almost like weapons while others just came out to have a good laugh. And a good laugh was had by all.

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