Pillow fights are no longer just for kids. Since 2008 hundreds of people in cities all over the world have participated in huge, hilarious battles with bedding as part of the annual International Pillow Fight Day, an event which takes place every spring. If you want to get in on the action, first check to see whether someone in your town or city is already hosting a fight. If not, here are a few pointers to help you to arrange a battle of your own.
The first thing to work out is where your huge pillow fight will take place. Although it may be tempting to simply tell everyone to turn up at your local park, such areas are usually highly regulated and you will almost always be asked to leave before the first blow has been struck. Instead, a large, central public square is usually the best venue. This will be easy for people to find, have few restrictions on the activities that can take place there and will have more spectators and bystanders to enjoy it all.
Although it may be tempting to make everything official and ask for permission in advance, organisers of similar fights warn that permission is rarely granted due to potential health and safety concerns. Flash mobs simply turn up, do their thing and then vanish and you should plan for your big pillow fight to work in a similar way.
To ensure the event remains as fun as possible, it is wise to make sure everyone is aware of the basic rules well in advance. This should include using only soft pillows, not swinging or striking at anyone who is not carrying a pillow and therefore not actually involved in the fight. Participants should also wait for the signal before beginning to fight and stop when the end signal is given.
Although it is rare for anyone to be hurt after being struck by a pillow, a well-aimed blow can often be powerful enough to knock someone off their feet. Similarly, missing your target altogether can easily unbalance you. If are practising your technique and your fighting platform is at ground level or the middle of a king-size mattress, a tumble won’t cause you any difficulties, but if you’re fighting from a small double mattress, you’ll need to take extra care to make sure you don’t hurt yourself or your pride!
Spread the word as far in advance as you can by using social media sites and blogs. If you can get hold of an existing mailing list containing the contact details of like-minded people, you will be well on your way to a successful event. You can even set up a temporary website to help publicise the event. Ensure that everyone you invite is aware that they can bring as many other people along as they like. If you want to guarantee the largest number of people at your event, arrange your pillow fight for a Saturday afternoon. (International Pillow Fight Day is always on a Saturday). This way people of all ages will be able to take part.
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