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Flashmob: Pillow Power @ The Park

When I first learned that Buffalo Flashmob was planning an organized outdoors pillow fight I thought to myself, “Will anyone really show up?” Then, when I swung by Bidwell Parkway moments before the designated time (3:30pm today), I reaffirmed my assumption when I looked around and saw no one. Of course this was supposed to be a covert operation, but you would think that there would be at least a couple of people milling about. And that’s when I first saw three girls walk by carrying bags that looked like they were filled with pillows. Next I saw a dude in a trench coat, wearing a fake mustache, sit down on one of the park planters. He was ‘reading’ a newspaper – that was the signal that indeed the event was ‘Game On”.

Suddenly Mr. Trenchcoat lifted the newspaper and people came running towards him from all directions. They ran out of coffee shops, cars and front porches. Within moments the south side of the park was filled with pillow-fighters flailing away at each other. It was quite a sight to see. Before long, a few of the more aggressive players broke away from the pack to take the battle to the mud. With a splash, the mud bath had begun. There were some wrestling-style maneuvers that made for some enjoyable mid-afternoon fun. And every time it looked as if the action was dying down, someone would come up behind an opponent and whack him or her in the head for good measure. Of course it was all in great fun and no one was hurt in the process.


Needless to say, there is always a victor when these types of confrontations erupt. In this case, the victor appeared to be the same guy that was trounced into the mud just moments before. The victory stance, complete with a foot on chest for good measure, was followed with the entire group getting back together to laugh and discuss the strategies used during the production. I’m sure that there were plenty of park-goers caught completely off-guard when the Buffalo Flashmob broke into action. Hysterical to say the least. After all, it was International Pillow Fight Day, and I was fortunate enough to have just witnessed what I believe was the first Queen City Pillow Fight!


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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