This year’s Pillow Fight Day was definitely a success despite the looming threat of rain. At our largest point, we had around 200 participants that were undeterred by the rain to come out and swing some pillows.
Here’s the event video for everyone who has patiently awaited it’s arrival:
April 2nd started out the same way as any other day. It was a bit drizzly to begin the day but the cherry blossoms were in bloom so there were plenty of spectators for something… unusual.
Right at the stroke of 3PM, one of our agents called out “YOU” across a field where another agent responded back “YOU” and they rushed each other with pillows.
Shortly thereafter, the battle really got rolling with around 200 people joining in!
The size of the battle was quite staggering and the pillows quite literally began to fly.
Fortunately, even though the battle was rough on some of our pillows, we had our pillow medic looking for any downed soldiers. She had extra stuffing, thread, duct tape and many other accessories to assure our pillows were in the best of shape!
It didn’t seem to matter what gender, race, age or species you were… everyone was in on the battle!
We even had some daring people begin a 2-man (or woman) joust coming at each other swinging pillows.
Unfortunately we didn’t have a permit as we’ve been instructed in the past to not bother by park services themselves. While there were a few mixed messages at first, we decided to break up the fight and head to our other location.
The visit from Park Service Police was also followed by some heavy rain and even a bit of hail so people cleared out pretty quickly.
The original intent was to head up to DuPont Circle and I wasn’t sure how many people would join given the circumstances. Upon arriving though I was surprised to find clear skies and around 100 people ready for some pillow fight events.
We kicked off the events with the 1 on 1 pillow fight challenge. It’s set up much like a march madness bracket. Below is one of the better costumed people celebrating a victory after one of his 1-on-1 faceoffs.
We also played a round of zombie tag and a game of capture the pillow case.
I’m still in disbelief that the skies cleared and the rain stopped exactly when we needed it to for the pillow fighting action. The threat of rain may have scared some people off, but everyone that came out still received quite a treat.
As always, I look forward to doing this event again – perhaps this time with a permit!