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Pillow Fighting at Wall Street

The annual pillow fight in New York takes it to the streets.

Usually the annual pillow fight in New York City takes place in the middle of Union Square, but extenuating circumstances and political activism drove this year’s pillow fight right into the heart of Wall Street, just in front of the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Building in Lower Manhattan.

Now just imagine a crowd of over 5000 people armed with feather-stuffed pillows hitting each other for over two hours. New Yorkers have to de-stress, after all, and what better way than by indirectly punching someone in the face with a soft fluffy pillow?

A bleedover crowd of spectators and second-rounders upped the crowd to over 6000, one of the larger crowds to descend on the Financial District on any given day.

The cops ended up breaking up the fight in front of Federal Hall, in which case a few other pillow fights ended up breaking out on other corners of the city. One of the bigger fights ended up in South Street Seaport, leaving a trail of pillow parts and fluff that, despite volunteer cleanup efforts, would not go away, thanks in part to a windy day and tons of feathers.

The pillow fight celebrates its fifth anniversary next year… Will you be there?

written by migueld

11 comments

  1. vicuna

    vicuna

    Oh, I didn't know that something like that existed!! And a pillow fight at wall street is perhaps one of the best things to do at this place at the moment, ha ha ha!! :) Great shots, I specially love shot n° 2 :

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  2. paper_doll

    paper_doll

    there have been some pillow fights in portugal, both in porto and lisbon, but not with 5000 people! that's amazing! :)

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  3. superlighter

    superlighter

    this is the kind of fight I like! softly! hahaha!!!

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  4. stouf

    stouf

    Hoooo ! I saw it on TV and I thought "damn' I would have liked to be there with a camera"... Congrats ! Great shots !

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  5. fash_on

    fash_on

    every town/city should have this :)
    great story and pics!

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  6. deng

    deng

    I want to be there for pillow fighting ^_^

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  7. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    I've always wanted to make it to this. One day hopefully. What a mess to clean up.

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  8. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    thats a cool event. i thot pillow fighting was meant for kids? a bunch of girls at a sleepover.haha.

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  9. comezone

    comezone

    haha great event! This would be great at Mexico´s zocalo (downtown)

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  10. lomollete

    lomollete

    I agree with comezone, and I really like the shots, hope I can be there someday.

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  11. northwardnimbus

    northwardnimbus

    so much fun in NY...haaay...

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