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Everything you need to know to prepare for tomorrow's giant Washington Square Park pillow fight

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Jaz Joyner

Get ready for feathers to fly because Newmindspace’s tenth annual Pillow Fight NYC goes down tomorrow, one of many taking place on International Pillow Fight Day. Join over 5,000 peeps in what's become a much-beloved, two-hour long April tradition. Here’s our guide to making the most of the ridiculous—and ridiculously fun—public romp.

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What to bring:Whatever your weapon of choice, make sure it’s new and feather-free (to save on mess). Organizer Kevin Bracken recommends body pillows, which are long enough for simultaneous hitting and shielding. You can feel good post-fight: Last year, more than 1500 pillows to homeless shelters in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

What to wear: Newmindspace recommends warped, Easter-themed looks like Mutant Onesies Bunny Rabbits, so you can basically get away with wearing anything—just remember to remove your glasses. Maybe even take some hints from this freakshow.

What to do: There’s not much room to move at the center of the fray, so the edges are where the one-on-one duels take place. Bracken reminds fighters to swing lightly (remember, there’s no winner) and only at people who also have pillows, avoiding defenseless spectators and photographers. When you’ve had enough, take your cushion to the truck parked near the arch; if you’d like to volunteer for the cleanup, e-mail

Where to postgame: The after-party, WHACK! The Official Pillow Fight After Party!, is a Mad Max–inspired arena for gladiatorial pillow fighting along with DJs, an Easter egg scavenger hunt, slumber-party games and more. JunXion's buses will be located at Washington Square park immediately after the pillow fight for limited shuttles to the Brooklyn party. Tickets are advance $15, and $20 at the door. 

NYC Pillow Fight 2015 takes place at Washington Square Park Sat 4 at 3pm; Free.

Photograph Courtesy: Filip Wolak

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