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They came, they saw, they beat the crap out of each other with pillows.

International Pillow Fight Day was yesterday, and at the stroke of 3 p.m. everyone got into the fun at Pershing Square here in Los Angeles. With a crowd probably three times the size of last year's event, the revelers came in all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors--a real feather-covered, colorful, boisterous community gathering. There were plenty of people faithfully logging moments on their Flip cameras and more substantial video equipment, as well as on cellphones, cameras, and social networking sites.

Although it got pretty hectic and intense inside the fray, the fight was peaceful and focused on fun. Onlookers who had no idea what they were walking into when they arrived at the Downtown park for a lunch break or afternoon stroll gaped at the awesome sight of hundreds and hundreds of people--some in pajamas, Mexican wrestling masks, or quirky costumes--bashing each other gleefully with pillows from couches, fresh from Bed, Bath & Beyond, clad in cartoony cases, or just plain cases filled with colorful feathers.