Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day Photos

Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day is held annually to coincide with International Pillow Fight Day — what a fun excuse to head downtown and bop strangers on their heads with feather pillows. My family’s lived in Los Angeles since 2003, but we shamefully haven’t participated until this year. And what a good year for us: This weekend, cousins are in town, so all eleven of us (4 adults, 7 kids) traveled to downtown Los Angeles, first to eat lunch. We must fortify ourselves before heading into battle, after all.  Then, it was off to Pershing Square we went.

Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day in Downtown LA Photos (Jennifer Miner)

The crowd was tremendous, there were already a thousand people when we got there (it starts at 2:00PM and we got there at 2:10), Pillow fights were everywhere, with a smaller area for young children to play, and the larger part of the square was wild. It was all in good fun, of course — everyone was having a great time throwing feather pillows around, lightly hitting small kids and wailing on fellow young adults. Pillows burst open, feathers went flying. I’d say that we saw over a thousand people hitting each other, laughing, and pretending they were waging war. Costumes were everywhere, and coordinated teams made strategic battle plans on the spot.

Los Angeles Pillow Fight in Pershing Square (Jennifer Miner)

Pershing Square is right across the street from one of my favorite downtown LA hotels, the Millennium Biltmore. In fact, when the tween girls in our extended family needed a break, they went right to the Biltmore to catch their breath. And, to try to pick the feathers out of their hair, a futile attempt if ever there was one. The feathers flying during the Los Angeles Pillow Fight made it look like there was a blizzard in Pershing Square — I’m not kidding, the air was thick with swirling down feathers.

Downtown Los Angeles on International Pillow Fight Day (Jennifer Miner)

I saw a few guys lay down and make “feather angels;” a Southern California version of snow angels. Adults in footie pajamas laughed and played, people in odd homemade costumes acted as though this was a Most Serious Event, until young children bopped them in the knees, sending them grabbing their legs as if in great pain. The little kids laughed, delighted in the thought that they’d sent those big goofy guys down for the count.

Los Angeles Pillow Fight Photos (Jennifer Miner)

There were local pillow fight celebrations in Orlando, Caracas, London, Pisa, Seattle, Gothenburg (Sweden), New York City, Bordeaux…and many more. After all, this is a very important international holiday, and we must all as global citizens pay our respects, am I right?

Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day Photos (Jennifer Miner)

Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day was a delight, and absolutely worth traveling to downtown LA.  Everyone played well together, and the spirit of the Urban Playground Movement’s International Pillow Fight was clear; embrace your inner child, have fun, and at the end of the day, you’ll be better for it. I’m still picking the feathers out of my hair.

International Pillow Fight Downtown Los Angeles (David Miner)

11 Responses to “Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day Photos”

  1. 1

    This looks like a blast! Maybe next year we’ll get in on the festivities. 😉

  2. 2

    Looks like a great event!
    Will try to make it next year.

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    Abbie says:

    That’s awesome! I saw some guys in Venice Beach with pillows, but they were in spandex.

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    Luna says:

    This looks so fun!! I’d like to make my own pillow filled with different colored feathers!

  5. 5

    This looks like an amazing event! I had no idea this was an annual event, let a lone an international event. These pictures are great and show how much fun and popular the event is. It seens like a fun event that sends a great message through spirits of the Urban Playground movement.

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    Tara says:

    I’m so bummed I missed it. I literally live in one of the buildings surronding Pershing Square too. I came home to feathers floating everywhere. My cats were glued to the window as the feathers flew past all day, long after the event had ended. It was too funny.

  7. 7

    Wish the evening news was full of pillow fights instead of the other kind!

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    Barbara says:

    Why do I never hear about these events before they happen? This looks like a great time!

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    Stella says:

    This is awesome! And seriously… how do I get in the loop for such crazy things???

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    Lola says:

    So much fun!!

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    Andarin says:

    Hello again, Vacation Gals!

    Just wanted to say thanks again for submitting this article to the 6th Byteful Travel Blog Carnival. That pillow fight looks like a blast, and I’ll have to visit LA in April sometime… and bring an HD camcorder!

    Be sure to spread the word about the carnival in any way that appeals to you (retweeting is one of the easiest ways). And I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions again next time, gals!

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