Came across this in the blogosphere this morning, and I find it distressing to say the least.
_____________________________________________ NBC 10 - PHILADELPHIA Published: April 6, 2009
On Saturday, World Pillow Fight Day, organized, peaceful pillow fights took place in nearly 100 cities all over the world: in Houston and Hamburg, in Stockholm and Seattle, in Paris, Perth, Philadephia and Padova. And by all accounts, a grand, feathery time was had by all.
Except in Detroit.
In Detroit, when participants showed up at Campus Martius Park at 4PM, toting pillows and ready to rumble, local police intervened and “disarmed” the crowd. According to AP, the cops “confiscated [his] pillows but returned their cases. He says he was told that he needed a permit.“ A permit for what, no-one is exactly sure—congregating in a public park? Premeditated fun? Owning a pillow? ________________________________________________
Really Detroit? This is so sad to me. Disarming a pillow fight? I can't imagine how this all went down but it is severely depressing to imagine the police seriously breaking this up and following through to keep people from participating in World Pillow Fight Day. Not so sure if I can stand behind it. Well I can, I guess, as long as I don't have a pillow.
My husband and I are both opera singers, and in the fall we moved from NYC to Michigan, where he is now a professor of voice and opera at Oakland University. In January we bought our first house-- an 1895 Victorian, and we're expecting our first child (a boy) in April.