April 4, 2013

Portland pillow fight is for kids of all ages

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Conor Tubbs and Katy Kelleher talk about an event on International Pillow Fight Day that is being organized by Dispatch Magazine. Photographed on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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Employees of Cuddledown in Yarmouth, nicknamed the 'Cuddledown Ninjas, ' practice their pillow-fighting tactics outside their facility in preparation for the Portland Pillow Fight Day that will happen at Monument Square on Saturday, April 6. Some took the Ninja title to heart and started using their feet to fend off an attacker.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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The staff at Dispatch Magazine got the idea for Portland's pillow fight after hearing about pillow fights around the world. Managing Editor Katy Kelleher had attended the Boston fight a few times, and thought one would work well in Portland.

"It's such a big event with a chaotic premise, but it ends up being very peaceful," said Kelleher of Boston's pillow fights, which attract hundreds of people.

Carlisle, the organizer in Boston, said International Pillow Fight Day is part of the so-called urban playground movement, in which people use public spaces for mass recreational gatherings. The Boston group, for instance, has organized giant water gun fights and silent dances.

International Pillow Fight Day has been "super underground," Tubbs said, without much media hype.

The folks who run the International Pillow Fight Day website give little information about who they are. They suggest pillow fight organizers not reserve space nor notify public officials. That makes the events less fun, apparently.

They did post a handy "How to Organize a Massive Pillow Fight" guide, complete with sample rules:

• Soft pillows only.

• Swing lightly; many people will be swinging at once.

• Remove glasses beforehand.

• Wait until the signal to begin.

Tubbs said security and Dispatch Magazine staffers will watch to make sure those rules are followed Saturday and the fighting is, well, not really fighting.

"And no feather pillows – that's a big one," said Tubbs. "We don't want to leave a mess."

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Conor Tubbs talks about an event on International Pillow Fight Day that is being organized by Dispatch Magazine. Photographed on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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