NYC pillow fight helps donate thousands of pillows to homeless shelters

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WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK, N.Y. (PIX11)-- A massive fight broke out in Washington Square Park Saturday afternoon, but this time it was on purpose and for a good cause and all you needed was a pillow.

Thousands of all ages took part in this giant pillow fight.

This day is not only celebrated in New York, but in countries around the world like Ireland, Greece and even in Poland.

Feathers went flying in a sea of white pillows in Washington Square Park. It was a work out in itself trying to evade pillow-wielding assailants.

You don't need to wear jammies in the 7th annual International Pillow Fight, although some did. Others came prepared with makeshift armor and probably the only time it is acceptable to hit your friends and complete strangers in New York.

Organizers say they expected more than 5,000 pillow poppers to partake in what's become a much-beloved, two-hour long April tradition. It is an even part of what's being called the urban playground movement.

They were all swinging for a cause--the pillows get donated to area homeless shelters. Last year more than 1,500 were distributed to shelters in the Bronx and Brooklyn.