Last Saturday, we kinda planned our day around the Pillow Fight. We slept in till about 11am (I can’t even remember the last time I’ve done that). Knowing that it was happening around the corner from our house, we decided to leisurely get ready and then grab a late lunch before heading over to Union Square. Where to go? We settled on The Burger House.
Their burgers were DEFINITELY juicy and cooked to order. We each ended up getting the bacon cheeseburger. This was still no chump of a burger. It took quite the effort to not only figure out how to attack this thing but also how to finish it. We each managed to conquer them. Tara got onion rings and I got the seasoned fries. My only knock on the spot is they didn’t serve ranch dressing. Ranch makes pretty much anything taste good (even rice – but that’s a story for another time).
So after lunch we strolled over to Union Square to watch the pillow fight go down. As is usually the case on Saturdays, Union Square was packed! Not only did they have the Greenmarket happening, but this was also going on:
This was a combo protest – not just Occupy Wall Street but they had a religious protest, a war protest, and a few others that we couldn’t really figure out what they were protesting about. Needless to say, I had no clue where this pillow fight was going to take place. It was 3PM and we only saw about 3 or 4 people with pillows in their hand. I was kinda disappointed and thought maybe I was the only who thought this was a cool enough thing to go to and possibly participate. Then somebody yelled, “If you’re looking for the pillow fight, it’s now taking place at Washington Square.”
Ahh, Washington Square… A beautiful park at the end of 5th Avenue.
There were only two rules: 1) No feather pillows, because nobody wants to clean that mess up, and 2) Don’t attack anyone with a camera or who is unarmed. So, we decided to get into the thick of it like a true photo journalist would and saw the nitty gritty.
Obviously, the no feather rule was lost on somebody.
Luckily, we made it out unscathed. We got there about 30 minutes late and it was still going strong.
As you might expect in New York, there was some crazy folks & crazy outfits in attendance and no you can’t just blame it on being the day before Easter! I leave this post with those cast of characters below.