|Hundreds on National Mall declare have pillow, must fight|
30-year-old Andrea Papi was a veteran of the once-a-year fun pillow wars. A native of Rome, Italy, Papi had battled in the 2008 contest in his home city. So when he arrived to visit his girlfriend Annabel De Braganco, he convinced her to join him in the fun-filled DC battle.
|Annabel De Braganco shows her fighting form|
De Braganco, 24, was well aware of the rules:
- use soft pillows only
- swing lightly as many people will be swinging at once
- remove glasses beforehand and
- do not swing at people without pillows or using cameras.
But she still admitted to a tinge of nervous excitement as a massive pillow fight newbie. But that nervousness quickly vanished as the couple approached the crowd, which was already swinging away at each other between fits of laughter. After a few warmup hits on each other, Papi and De Braganco waged into the circle, pillows held high in a fight-ready position.
About 15 minutes later, a heavy-breathing, beaming De Bragnaco emerged from the group for a short break. "It's insane," she shouted. "You just hold your breath and jump in."
"It's a crazy sounding event, but really it helps you work out your physical aggression and nobody gets hurt," Gaines said.
While this Saturday was devoted to fun, and laughter, and a free-swinging time, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Gaines suggested that the pillow fight concept could have much more serious implications. Instead of deadly weapons, countries could go to war with pillows, Gaines opined.
"It would mean spending a lot less on the military. All you would need is bigger pillows," he said.
A Prices Do DC Extra
They say every picture tells a story. So here is the story of the raucous DC International Pillow Fight Day 2014.