Six years ago we thought, "San Jose can, too!" Whether it was being lazy and not wanting to travel to SF for a pillow fight or believing that San Jose is ready to be our own city and create some of our own urban fun, we wanted a local Pillow Fight. So we gathered all of our friends and asked them to invite their other friends and more friends and so on.
We're getting an early start on this years jump because this year is special! It's our 6th year and we're coming strong because this year... we will pillow fight on Valentines' Day!
So let the anticipation begin for you veteran pillow pugilists and let the curiosity start for the first-timer feather throwers. After five successful years of swinging pillows all around the city from Chavez Park to City Hall, SJ Musuem to the SJ Rep Theater, then Camera 12, we're now ready to kickoff our 6th straight year of Downtown
shenanigans. This years location, as usual, will be kept private until later but rest assured its in the Downtown walkable core. So follow along...
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sure to explore us on all social media sites under #pillowfightsj and on youtube. Ask about it, talk about it, wonder about it...
...and please remember, this event only works if you TELL EVERYONE ABOUT IT!!!
The location of #PillowFightSJ 2015 will be held atPaseo de San Antonio between Camera 12 and Johnny Rockets.
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Ever since Pillow Fight San Jose started we've have been exploring the public space in Downtown San Jose. We have found out a lot about the areas that DTSJ has to offer these large flash mob type of events. We have chosen Camera 12 Plaza with purpose.
Here are some other things we've learned about pillowfighting in SJ. Chavez Park is an awesome central well known place but it has lots of grass which makes it difficult to pick up feathers. City Hall Plaza is a great iconic setting and we received the most media attention that year. City Hall Plaza would be a perfect setting if its wasn't so big. At our grass roots level, it's too spread out for us to feel that critical mass of excitement. At times it made it feel like there wasn't a big crowd when hundreds showed up.
Circle Palms was a beautiful scene and provided a nice stage for this friendly fight. About 50 people lied on the ground with each other and pretended sleeping with the pillows. They loved it that much. The downfall of Circle palms was that the feathers crept into the dirt the trees were planted in and the security guard gave us a hassle about being there and we didn't want any enemies.
SJ Rep was by far the best location, IMO. It was cemented with iconic structures surrounding it. It was in a central well known area open so that random strangers were able to partake in it. Lots of reasons to continue there.
The awesome installment of the shipping containers on the SJ Rep Plaza encouraged us to keep looking this year. Across the street we found this interesting place, the Paseo Path between 1st and 2nd street. One of the main interests of this place was clean up. The buildings provided a box like setting to help contain the mess and energy. The tighter space would lead to the feeling of the large crowd that we are. Also, we figured the feathers would remain manageable and easy to clean within this area. The potential downfalls of the area are the lack of sun and security but Camera 12 is closed at this time and there are several empty storefronts.
We wanted to let you know that we put thought into taking care of our city. The City that allows of a bit of silly fun as long as we clean up and act responsible.
Hey Pillow Fighters!!! Rule #2: You're going to need a pillow! Do you have one yet?
Get creative with your pillow and draw on it... write a funny message, draw a cute cartoon or a ferocious pillow beast. You can even express a passionate V-Day protest /or/ just put the word "LOVE" on it and beat everyone with love!
Give your pillow some art before you tear it apart! PicCredArtCred: Tanner
Only 3 days Left! So excited!!
Can anyone guess the #pillowfightsj 2015 location? Oh, where will the fury unleash this Sunday? Location will be announced at least 24 hours before event. smile emoticon