A flashmob recently gathered for a pillow fight –

As the name suggests, a flashmob is a group of people who gather in one location without suggesting they are gathering. Sometimes people will constantly wander around until a signal – usually a loud sound is made. At that point everyone will suddenly stop and start doing the same thing.

The chosen activity of the flashmob could be to suddenly stand still or start singing and maybe even dancing. Whatever the activity – a large group of people suddenly copying each other can be astonishing, even to the most travelled eyes.
The ‘Pillow Fight Flashmob’ of Leicester appears to be becoming an annual team / event. Maybe the lack of Police at the event could be due to all the previous successful flashmobs?

The girls and women were squealing and laughing while the men were roaring like Lions (at least that’s what the soundtrack suggests in the above film…..). Everyone appeared to be having lots of fun.

People were slamming their pillows down really hard – but the worst that happened was the fracture of a pillow – spraying soft, downy feathers throughout the air.

Massive grins enveloped everyone’s faces – framed by the pillow held aloft, above their heads.

The good, fluffy, soft, smiling nature of the participants immediately cancelled out any violence.

It’s completely normal to want to bash your friends and strangers on the head with a foreign object.

It’s actually essential for all towns and villages to have a pillow-fighting flashmob. People need to sensibly release their frustrations – or, like a boiling kettle – people might explode. Events like this (with no injuries or tears) often evolve into traditions that can last hundreds of years and are an eagerly anticipated annual event.

The popularity of celebrating local traditions is becoming very, very popular. Take the 2010 cheese rolling event – which had to be cancelled as the site couldn’t cope with the crowds.

If people can’t or aren’t allowed to release their frustrations, massive groups tend to form (safety in numbers) such has been seen in the recent student protests.