Calvin students, among 2,000 other people, gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for a massive pillow fight. The event was coordinated by Rob Bliss.

Calvin students, among 2,000 other people, gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for a massive pillow fight. The event was coordinated by Rob Bliss.

Pillow fights are no longer restricted to childhood sleepovers.

On Sunday, Sept. 28, Calvin students, among 2,000 other people, gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for a massive pillow fight. The event was coordinated by Rob Bliss, a local resident who organizes social experiments in downtown Grand Rapids about once a month. Bliss's Facebook page states that the purpose of these experiments is to create fun events and to “see what a massive mob of people can accomplish.”

Color coded

The rules were simple: each participant brought his or her own pillow and was required to wear a solid color, limited to black, brown, white, green, orange, red, yellow, purple and blue. Before the fight, participants were told to join other people wearing their chosen color. The Facebook page advertising the event read, “War cries and battle paint are encouraged.” The page also read: “To any onlookers, this will look like a living canvas revolting against itself. To any participants, this will be so much fun.”

One round, 10 minutes

Bliss sounded an air horn at 2 p.m. A group of about 30 Calvin students, wearing maroon shirts, fought on behalf of the college. The pillow fight lasted about 10 minutes, during which time participants beat each other with everything from couch pillows to goose down pillows. Other Calvin students watched the event.

Onlookers laughed at the melee. Although event goers were advised to be smart and safe, a participant was overheard saying in the heat of battle: “That pillow had something other than feathers in it. I think it was a Calvin student.”

Pillow Knights

Pillow Knights

Spirit

Spirit

The melee in Rosa Parks Circle

The melee in Rosa Parks Circle

The aftermath

The aftermath

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