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A favorite sleepover activity is coming to Fremont Park Saturday as Sacramento takes a whack at joining the seventh annual International Pillow Fight Day.

“It’s most famous and well-known in the Bay Area, where it started,” said Mike Flanagan, owner of local music label Bad Current Records. He decided to bring the event to Sacramento about two months ago.

Numerous countries are involved, including Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Romania and Slovakia.

“What I like about it is anybody can join in,” he said. “As long as you can hold a pillow and laugh, you can have a good time.”

Flanagan said he thinks the event has a sort of “flash mob” mentality, with a group of like-minded people coming together to have fun.

“It’s a great fit for Sacramento,” he said. “We have other things like that, with the Zombie Walk and when they tried to build the world’s largest glow stick when the movie Tron came out.”

Saturday’s event has several aspects that make it appealing, Flanagan said.

“It’s good for all ages, it’s free, it’s near public transit and everyone can have fun,” he said.

Getting people together started out on a small scale, with an initial Internet post generating about 300 people saying they wanted in. After a Facebook page went up and a small piece was written in Submerge Magazine, Flanagan said the event grew.

The Facebook event page listed about 1,250 people signed up to attend, with another 925 listed as “maybe attending” at press time.

“I’m not sure how many will actually show up, but it’s always less than say they are coming,” said Flanagan, who is used to booking shows for his local record label.

Flanagan said he still expects a significant showing, and he hopes to continue the event next year and call out representatives from Guinness World Records to get it listed as the largest pillow fight.

There are some rules for the event, which Flanagan described as “common sense stuff.”

“Swing lightly, don’t hit spectators or people with cameras and no feather pillows,” he said, adding that feather pillows would make a mess.

“I’ll be staying after to clean up, and some other people have volunteered as well,” he said.

Kris McCandless is one of the people who will be going to the event because of “the fact that it’s silly and fun for all ages and free,” she said.

“Nowadays, everybody is so stressed out and uptight – this is a great way to let loose a little,” she added.

The pillow fight starts at 3 p.m. in Fremont Park, on the corner of 15th and Q streets downtown. Flanagan said there is no ending time, and it will go until the party peters out. It will be held rain or shine, he added.

“It’s just a free-for-all,” he said. “If people want to come in teams or form alliances, that’s OK, but we’re not going to put rules on that.”

There is no need to register or sign up, but anyone with questions can email Flanagan at indiehelpsindie@gmail.com or go to the Facebook page.

Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.

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