Hundreds of young people assembled in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Sunday with the aim of breaking the world record for the largest pillow fight. The action which started almost abruptly at around 4 pm, took tourists, passersby and even the police by surprise as they were engulfed in a blizzard of feathers.
“This is complete chaos, I love it!” exclaimed Taichi Nagai, a visitor from Japan who had unwittingly walked straight into the action.
The event was organized with the goal of breaking the record for the largest pillow fight in history, currently held by a group in Somerset, England, which gathered 3,707 participants in 2008. Though official numbers for Sunday’s Kissenschlacht have not yet been released, more than 12,000 people responded to a Facebook event created by the pillow fight’s organizers.
As quickly as it started, the action ended soon thereafter. The mostly under 30 crowd dispersed after about an hour, leaving the Brandenburg Gate with a snow-like covering under the glow of the setting sun.
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