International Pillow Fight Day 2012

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Streets in 115 cities across 39 countries lay littered with feathery debris after the coordinated fifth annual International Pillow Fight Day organized as part of the Urban Playground Movement on April 7, 2012. From Europe to Asia, America to the Middle East, thousands took up arms and gathered in public squares to batter complete strangers in the name of fun.

From the website of the organizers:

One of our goals is to make these unique happenings in public space become a significant part of popular culture, partially replacing passive, non-social consumption experiences like watching television, and consciously celebrating public spaces in our cities as our “urban living rooms.” The result, we hope, will be a global community of participants in a world where people are constantly organizing and attending these happenings in every major city in the world.

Also see pictures from last year’s International Pillow Fight day.

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People attend a flash-mob pillow fight during International Pillow Fight Day on April 7, 2012 in Stockholm. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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A small group turned up for a pillow fight at People Square in Shanghai but were asked to stop after five minutes by local police. CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

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A police officer tries to stop a pillow fight at People Square in Shanghai. CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

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People fight in Washington Square Park in New York. ANDREW BURTON/REUTERS

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This young participant gets a boost in Budapest. LASZLO BALOGH/REUTERS

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The feathers fly in Trafalgar Square in London. OLIVIA HARRIS/Reuters

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People throw their pillows up in the air in Taipei. SHENGFA LIN/REUTERS

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Makhaya Campbell (centre, white top), 7, swings his pillow at another participant in Waterloo Public Square in Waterloo, Ont. Peter Lee/WATERLOO RECORD

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A woman plays with her dog amid feathers strewn across a lawn at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. THOMAS PETER/Reuters

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Pillow-fighting at Trafalgar Square in London. OLIVIA HARRIS/Reuters

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A man laughs during a fight at Washington Square Park, in New York. ANDREW BURTON/REUTERS

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Participants fight in Stockholm. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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Feathers are piled up outside a cafe at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. THOMAS PETER/Reuters

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Municipal workers clean up feathers after the fight at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. THOMAS PETER/Reuters

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