Toronto Through My Lens

International Pillow Fight Day!

Say what?

That’s right… across the world today – April 1, 2023 – it’s International Pillow Fight Day. What’s it all about you may ask? Today, massive public pillow fights took place in cities around the world including London, New York, Rotterdam, Seattle… and Toronto, of course!

The first World Pillow Fight day took place in March 2008, and since then the movement has grown with pillow fighting flash mobs fighting it out in more and more cities every year, all just in the name of fun. It’s simply a good way to relieve stress and have some fun; much needed these days.

The rules are fairly simple:

  • Swing lightly
  • Do not swing at people without pillows
  • Do not swing at people with cameras (hello!)
  • Soft pillows only!
  • Bring a bag to help with clean up after the event

International Pillow Fight Day has been on hiatus a long time in Toronto but has finally returned, post-COVID. This year I literally stumbled upon it as I passed through Nathan Phillips Square on my weekend photowalk. I grabbed some shots of the fun, and also caught a couple of gentle clouts to the head from a badly aimed rogue pillow.

Here’s how it all went down:

And… a few shots (literally):

Safe to say, a good time was had by all…


  1. Bob K

    Ha ha, I had never ever heard of this. How fun. The world needs more of it.

  2. David

    I have never heard of this before either.. Good old safe fun. Get rid of the guns, bring on the pillows.

    • Marvin Job

      Guys, I couldn’t agree more!

  3. Despina Kyraleos

    The things I find out about this city through these posts.
    Thanks Marvin!
    Although swinging lightly would not be fun for me! Swinging more medium like is more my style!

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