On April 2, 2011, large groups of people gathered in cities and towns around the world to participate in one of the biggest pillow fights of the year. International Pillow Fight Day is a day where people come together in one, big pillow fight, at a predetermined time and place to form a social phenomenon known as flash mobbing. This event was promoted over social networking sites, text messages, blogs and personal websites. So far, the biggest pillow fight that took place on International Pillow Fight Day has been in New York City, where over 5,000 people participated.
Although swinging pillows at each other appears to be fun and games, there are instances in which flash mobbing has gone wrong. For example, in 2009 and 2010, there were a series of flash mob events in Philadelphia resulted in rioting, violence, personal injury, and the destruction of private property. As a result, the authorities had to get involved and arrests were made. Let’s remember that coming together as a group to have fun isn’t a bad thing but coming together to incite violence can lead to injury and destruction, so let’s stay safe and have a fun and peaceful time.