On Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, Urban Playground Movement hosted their yearly pillow fight at Washington Square Park in New York City. This event was open to the public of all ages, young to old. Like the invitation says, “The pillow fight is RAIN OR SHINE, ALWAYS!” This group hosted this event to raise money for DARE2B, an organization fighting child homelessness in New York City. Urban Playground Movement asks every participant to purchase their pillows at Sleepy’s locations using the code pillowfight1 for pillows to be purchased for 10 dollars of which 3 dollars from each purchase goes to DARE2B. The event was from 3-6, giving people more than enough time to have fun.
I walked into Washington Square Park and all I could see were feathers being scattered as well as pillows flying in the air. I felt like a little kid filled with excitement as I ran with my pillow into the crowd. I was immediately pounded by strangers with those soft fluffy white cushions. I had a team with me and so we joined together and looked for targets. This meant war and so I held my pillow as tight as I possibly could and I swung from left to right pounding everyone in sight. I never knew swinging pillows could be so much of a workout.
As I asked strangers what their views were on the pillow fight, Brandon S. (20) said to me, “It wasn’t what I expected, I thought it would be a brawl because people would be swinging so hard that it would cause disputes but oddly and grateful enough it was a friendly and relatively calm event, it was fun.”
Even the children were enjoying their selves. I witnessed a group of kids surround an adult and pound her with pillows, in acknowledgement she yelled, “Ahhh! Oh my God, Ok Ok, You Win! You Win!” Giving the kids the feeling of superiority over the adults, even if just for one moment.
This event was for everyone to come together and just have a good time, and that is exactly what happened, not one person was miserable at Washington Square Park. The Pillow Fight was definitely a stress reliever even if it was just for a few hours, pounding people with pillows seemed to get all the built up tension, any anger held in, out. I advise anyone who has never gone to an annual pillow fight to definitely try it, bring your family and friends along, because it’s a way to spend time together doing something fun.
Article Written by: Hollie Kawall
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