Defying warnings of imminent fines, the organizer of an impromptu weekend pillow fight says the city won’t smother the event.
More than 70 cities worldwide will be participating in International Pillow Fight Day on Saturday but Calgary organizers were told they needed to secure a permit after reading a story in Metro last week.
Pro-pillow advocate Candice Vallantin said the fact that the Aryan Guard was able to rally without a permit last month should be reason enough to let the event go ahead.
Vallantin was told her event at Tomkins Park on 17 Avenue S.W. would need $2-million worth of insurance. “I’m just trying to do something to build the community and it was just two weeks ago there was a neo-nazi protest in the city,” she said.
A Facebook group with 62 members saying they would attend was taken down yesterday but Vallantin said she’s hoping people will show up with pillows at 2 p.m. to join the fun.
Silvia Hunter from the city’s parks department said permits are needed for large events to make sure things don’t get out of hand.
“You could end up having chaos,” she said.