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Best Flash Mob Event - 2009
Valentine's Day Pillow Fight
The year 2009 will live in infamy as the time when city officials at last began pushing back against one of S.F.'s most beloved genres of civic pastime — the flash mob event. These offbeat get-togethers, organized with the help of local bloggers and Web sites, include no-pants subway rides and gamboling crowds dressed in bridal attire. But the one that really gets the city's goat is the Valentine's Day Pillow Fight on Justin Herman Plaza. In fairness, you can't blame the naysayers for wagging their fingers at the spectacle of so many stray pillow feathers left for public employees to clean up; the city has even proposed shutting down the event. But that doesn't change the simple fact that wading into a throng of thousands, cheap pillow in hand and prepared for mortal combat, is one hell of a good time. Do posterity a favor and clean up after yourself in 2010.