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 on 2009-04-20 #places #35mm #wide-angle-lens #color #location #manhattan #nyc #new-york #pillow-fight #new-york-city #xpro #lc-a-rl #wall-street


  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 :

  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! :)

  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

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

  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 !

  5. fash_on
    fash_on ·

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

  6. deng
    deng ·

    I want to be there for pillow fighting ^_^

  7. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

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

  8. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

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

  9. comezone
    comezone ·

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

  10. lomollete
    lomollete ·

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

  11. northwardnimbus
    northwardnimbus ·

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

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