Pillow fight at Phillips Square in 2009
Saturday, April 2 is International Pillow Fight Day, an event coordinated by the Urban Playground Movement, which includes Toronto-based Newmindspace.
Among the more than 100 locations around the world participating is Montreal. Its pillow fight is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Phillips Square, where a similar activity was held (in the rain) in 2009 and again in 2010.
The Facebook event for the Montreal pillow fight has an astonishing 800 planning to attend, plus 400 maybes. Even applying the usual 10:1 ratio of those who say they’ll come to a Facebook event and those who actually show up, it’s still quite a large number of people.
Other Canadian locations are Calgary, Kingston, London, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Waterloo, with varying levels of planned attendance.
Pillow fight at Parc Lafontaine, Aug. 15
It was quite a bit more dry than my last pillow fight, but just as fun.
Over 100 people have “confirmed” on Facebook that they’re attending a pillow fight Saturday at 3pm at Parc Lafontaine. That usually means that a dozen or two people will actually show up.
UPDATE: About 35 people showed up. Here’s how it went.
Similarly, a zombie walk is planned for Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Papineau metro with similar numbers.
Pillow fight on April 4
The Fringe Festival includes a pillow fight scheduled to take place Friday at 5pm at the Parc des Amériques a St. Laurent and Rachel. You can signal your presence on the Facebook event page.
Bring your own pillow (no feathers please) and hope it doesn’t rain like last time.
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.
Mark your calendars for World Pillow Fight Day on April 4. Montreal will be participating in the event with a pillow fight at Phillips Square, starting at 3pm. Participants are asked not to use messy feather pillows and to clean up after themselves, because cities are getting fed up at having to clean the streets afterward.
A similar event took place in Toronto on Saturday. Just look at that fun!