Feathers Fly at Embarcadero Pillow Fight
Hundreds flock to Valentine's Day fracas.
February 16, 2006 8:35 PM
San Franciscans celebrated Valentine’s Day in a variety of ways: roses, chocolates, cuddling — and others simply smacked complete strangers in downtown San Francisco with their pillows.
Any Cupids in the air had to divert their aim from the furiously flying feathers at Justin Herman Plaza Tuesday evening where a massive pillow fight took place. About 1,000 combatants waited for the Ferry Building clock to strike 6 p.m. so they could wallop away to their heart’s content.
The scene almost resembled a blizzard, with feathers ankle deep on the plaza and sporadic pillows flying into the air.
“I thought San Francisco could totally have one of those and would totally have the energy for it,” Ravenel said.
The idea dawned on him to hold the fight in San Francisco after discovering similar events while surfing the Internet. After some research, he discovered that public pillow fights are held around the world. Ravenel e-mailed a few friends, and word quickly spread.
“The Internet has really changed how these kinds of events can be organized,” said participant Scott Beale, 37, who was surprised at how large the event became.
“Every pillow fight has a starting signal,” explained Ravenel, a Web programmer. Not wanting to be the person in charge, he decided the Ferry Building clock across the Embarcadero would better sound off the start of the event.
Although this was San Francisco’s first public pillow fight, many other battles have taken place around the world. The U.S. holds the Guinness World Record for having the world’s largest pillow fight that took place at the University of Albany in New York on June 9, 2005.
While this wasn’t a record-breaking event, stay tuned for next year, as Ravenel has every intention of holding another fight.
“Thank you, San Francisco!” Ravenel said.
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