Last year, an event popped up in Toronto that sounded too good to be true: A massive pillow fight at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Well, some might say it was too good to be true, because although many people showed up to participate, it was only upon arriving that some realized they might not actually be cut out for the slightly intimate act of whacking a stranger with a pillow.
Yes, we go to bars and bring strangers home to sleep (among other things) on our pillows sometimes, but for some reason the idea of smacking people with that pillow – in the middle of the daytime while sober – didn’t go off quite as well as you might have thought it would.
But that didn’t stop the organizers from planning round two.
The next Toronto pillow fight will take place at Nathan Phillips Square on April 4th at 3pm, and if you’re planning on attending, these are the rules:
– Soft, feather-free pillows only.
– Swing lightly; many people will be swinging at once.
– Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras.
– Remove glasses beforehand.
– Deposit pillows in donation boxes or take them with you.
– Pajamas welcome.
The only way to make an awkward event less awkward is to fully commit to it, so grab all your friends, put on your pajamas, go for a couple day drinks beforehand to loosen up, bring your softest pillow, and go for it.
Even if you just stick to your own group of friends and avoid hitting strangers, it’ll be one of the most interesting afternoons you’ll ever have in the city.
If you do show up, don’t be afraid to participate. This kind of thing only happens once a year, and Torontonians need to get less weird about interacting with people they don’t already know.
Also, the chance to act like a kid in public without it affecting your career only happens a handful of times in one’s adult life – so take full advantage of it.
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Body image from: imgkid.com