Global Pillow Fights: Apocalypse Down (a BB big photo gallery)


18 Responses to “Global Pillow Fights: Apocalypse Down (a BB big photo gallery)”

  1. aldasin says:

    Pillow fights – awesome.
    People who didn’t clean up – assholes.
    The SF Embarcadero and the foot of market really looked like shit after they got through with it last year.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This reminds me of the fall of the Roman Empire for some reason.

  3. Teller says:

    17k to clean up after the one yesterday in SF. Only $7 a fighter, if they pony up.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      if they pony up.

      Anyone get a head-count on those who stayed behind to fill up their spent pillowcases with used feathers afterward? You know… the ones who cleaned up after themselves and everyone else?

      Am I overly pessimistic to assume it was an order of magnitude less than those who just showed up to smack pillows and then bail, leaving the mess behind?

  4. Teller says:

    Uh $17 per fighter. Lit major.

  5. marco antonio says:

    My previous post got eaten and never published, so.. a recap, and see if this one also dies:
    - In Amsterdam we always clean after ourselves, there are photos to prove it! (if this post doesn’t get deleted i’ll post a link to the pics)
    - Last year the Council decided to help and gave the place a good water-wash after we picked up all the feathers
    - Check out more info about Urban Playground and the idea behind Pillow Fights (
    - It’s about taking back the public space, being able to have fun without brands getting into the act. It’s about citizens being proactive instead of passive, and NOT having to apply for permits to swing a pillow in the street.
    - New one coming this way – 2nd of April! Get involved!

  6. marco antonio says:

    Last years Amsterdam Pillow Fight: cleaning efforts at the bottom of the page:

  7. JenSmall says:

    Pillows for Puppies coordinated 30 volunteers who stayed until 10:30pm cleaning the plaza, along with dozens of helpers who were happy to fill a bag with fluff before heading home. We filled 150 big trash bags with the stuffing from burst pillows and left much less work for the city employees. We left a very light smattering of feathers, rather than the usual 4-6 inches of fluff, feathers, and empty pillowcases. Next year we’re bringing power washers of our own – that’s all there was left to do!

    Our volunteers reduced the clean up cost for the city from $35,000 in 2010 to $3,500 in 2011, according to Gloria Chan of the DPW. This ninety percent reduction is due to our amazing volunteers and the participation of pillow fighters in cleaning up after themselves when offered trash bags and loving encouragement to pick up.

    This event is going to be much less of a burden on the city as it becomes habit for the participants to self-regulate the event by cleaning up. Pillows for Puppies will be there to help.

    See our website for some great pictures of the hard work we did cleaning up:

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Well, big moby thumbs-up to Pillows for Puppies! You guys are doing the Lord’s work, as it were.

      Bit of a bummer that “self-regulation” in the form of cleaning up after oneself still needs to be instilled in so many people, but those of you who volunteer your time and efforts (and potential backaches) doing this work deserve our thanks and admiration.

    • aldasin says:

      Pillows for Puppies, you rock! That’s how we can have nice things.

  8. marco antonio says:

    We’re heading for our third Pillow Fight Day here in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We’ve cleaned up after ourselves every year – and last year, the Council offered to finish the job for us!

    Check out 2010′s photos – that’s us at the bottom, finishing the clean-up job.

    We’re getting ready this year too, i’ve designed a few shirts for it!

    Heads up should go to the Urban Playground Movement to push this initiative, at

    What I’m missing on this post is a little explanation of why the Pillow Fight happens: it’s a form of activism to reclaim the urban space for the citizens, in a non-branded, proactive, fun way. In Amsterdam there are already too many regulations; it seems excessive we should apply for permits to swirl pillows around, or that only corporations should have the money (and permits) to organize fun, public events.

    Time to reclaim the streets! Pillow fights on April 2, 2011!! :D

  9. Anonymous says:

    Some almost-video from the French pillow fight in front of the old stock exchange in Paris a couple of years ago. (To those worried about the clear-up, almost everyone stayed, and the place was cleaner after the fight than it had been before…)

  10. marco antonio says:

    @Antinous: probably a glitch in the matrix!

    Last year I got interviewed by the local media about the pillow fight… while in my full-body gorilla suit. :)

    I’ve also designed shirts for the event:

    The revolution will be televised! (or worn, whatever the case)

  11. Church says:

    For the first time I’m dreading Towel Day.

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