It’s Valentine’s Day in San Francisco, and that means only one thing for the citizens of the city that is too cool for love, bash each other with pillows.
Starting 8 years ago, with about one hundred people, lasting for about 30 minutes, according to a KTVU report, the flash mob is now estimated to have more than a thousand people who pummel each other with pillows at the stroke of 6 p.m. from the Ferry Building across the street.
My first year in San Francisco, I covered this event for a photo class, and for my internship for the SF Weekly. Fast Forward two years, and I’m still finding myself captivated by the chaos and mayhem that this night brings.
It also brings people together. On my way there, I made great conversation with a man on the M, who was curious about why so many people were bringing pillows with them. I also made two new friends by the name of Claire and Brooke. Overall this night was a win.
I was never one for celebrating a traditional Valentine’s Day since I love to love on a daily basis, so having an entertaining alternative really brought some excitement to my, what would be boring, night, and hopefully to the nights of everyone there.
The only thing that could have made it even better was if it started raining, but I’m a masochist like that. I took hundres of photos, but I think these are the ten that really stand out in my eyes. I hope they do for you too.