Feb 14th 4:00pm-6:00pm - Annual Anti-Valentine's Day Pillow Fight in Pritchard Park. Just for fun! Bring your own pillow (no feather/down pillows, please).
Asheville’s annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight protest rally likely will feature war paint — as well as pillows — from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in Pritchard Park, 67 Patton Ave., downtown.
The event, which was inspired by a similar “thousands’-strong” anti-Valentine’s Day pillow fight that has been held for years in San Francisco, is billed as “just another way to have fun and protest the commercialization of human relationships.”
One of the unidentified organizer cautioned, “Also, remember no feather pillows! Also, take your glasses off before the fight or they’ll get knocked off your head.”
In a 2013 story, The Blue Banner, UNC Asheville’s student newspaper, reported that Clyde Toney III, an Asheville resident and participant in the pillow fight, said the event brought out a fun side of Valentine’s Day.
“It’s a really great alternative to the Hallmark stereotype that is Valentine’s Day,” Toney told the newspaper. “This is the most love I have seen people show toward each other on Valentine’s Day in a really long time.
“Everyone is just smiling and throwing pillows. It’s great. This is a really fun event to just come together and have some fun on a day that you may ordinarily look at as sad or boring.”