Rule No. 1 about outdoor pillow fights: don’t hold them in the rain.
Rule No. 2: There are ways around Rule No. 1.
Despite the annoying showers, the planned Montreal event on World Pillow Fight Day took place as scheduled, with about 30 participants whacking each other over the head with bags of foam (feathered pillows were banned as they create a mess) for about half an hour.
Much of the success came from the quick-thinking of organizers Robin Friedman and Jody McIntyre (the same people behind metro parties, bubble battles and pretty much everything else fun in the city over the past couple of years). They brought along clear plastic bags for people to put their pillows in so they wouldn’t get wet.
The event caught the attention of quite a few photographers (professional and otherwise) and plenty of bystanders who took a few moments to stay and watch. We’ll see how many photos end up in the papers tomorrow.
No TV cameras were present, so don’t look for it on the news tonight.
I’ve compiled a sample of the photos below. You can see the rest on my Flickr set.
At one point the group was separated in two (people wearing black on one side, those wearing colours on the other). This led only to win.
Turns out you can run out of energy pretty quickly in a pillow fight. The group dispersed half an hour after the fight began. But they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
A planned event in Calgary was officially cancelled when the city demanded insurance before an event could take place. The Calgary Sun skirts Godwin’s Law but makes a valid argument that it’s easier to hold a neo-Nazi gathering than a pillow fight.