Pinoy pillow fighters among hundreds at annual NYC event

NEW YORK CITY – Feathers went flying as hundreds of people took part in the annual International Pillow Fight Day at Washington Square Park in New York City, Saturday.

“I guess I didn’t know what to expect but this is something that you can only find in New York City. It’s one of those things,” New Jersey resident Anthony Leal said. “It’s one of those experiences you can’t get anywhere else.”

Frank Barcelos from Jersey City said, “This is my second time here, second year doing this. I just love coming here to see the craziness that goes around over here.”

It’s probably the only time the NYPD is giving people a pass to hit friends and strangers in the Big Apple.

“There are rules,” Angela Monte from Fanwood, NJ said. “You’re only supposed to hit people that have pillows, that are swinging, not anyone that doesn’t have a pillow or that has a camera. We always have to take off our glasses before we go.”

The giant pillow fight is part of an “urban playground” movement created by “Newmindscape”, an organization that has mounted large-scale playful events since 2005.

These pillows will be donated to homeless shelters and other charities.

“I think it’s amazing, I mean you can be part of a good cause and be a kid again,” said Melissa Palomares of Fanwood, N.J.

“I’ve definitely done my share of pillow fight when I was younger so it’s a nice throwback and just doing it in public in Washington Square park, it’s gonna be a lot of fun,” said Matt Olive of Secaucus, N.J.

This two-hour long spring tradition has gathered and donated at least 1,500 pillows for homeless shelters in Brooklyn and the Bronx last year.

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