Incoming! Troops Battle in Meridian Hill Park Snowball Fight

Adam Tuss, News4

SNOWBALL FIGHT! Crowds converged Tuesday for a massive snowball fight at Meridian Hill Park in D.C.

Much of the District was shut down after a storm dumped several inches of snow on the region -- all the more reason for the D.C. Snowball Fight Association to step into action. [[292229731, C]]

The group, which has been organizing chilly battles for about five years, originally planned Tuesday's snowball fight to take place at Dupont Circle.

#DCsnowballfight is happening! #DC #snowday

A video posted by @sbadge20 on Feb 17, 2015 at 8:48am PST

The battle was moved at the last minute because the National Park Service plowed Dupont Circle Park a little too soon, but the switch didn't keep the cold-impervious crowds away. About 150 people showed up, as well as about five dogs -- and 20 or so news crews.

The fight began around 11 a.m. Tuesday, and and afterward, the nearby James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar (1 Dupont Circle NW) had a room reserved for snowballers. The pub was also offering a prize for the "best"-dressed (whatever that might mean) player.

Of course, there were some rules for the fight, organizers said:

  • "We'll respect any requests of the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. National Park Police
  • We hope you won't target members of the media (too hard) or damage anyone's camera
  • In the interests of safety, we urge everyone to play fair, NOT THROW ICE, and wear any protective gear that you think you need
  • Pelting moving vehicles could cause accidents, so we say: please don't go there
  • And we also want to state the obvious: anyone who behaves recklessly is responsible for the consequences."

Captain America is in the middle of the battle, right where he belongs #DCSnowballFight

A video posted by E A 2 (@jayabe2) on Feb 17, 2015 at 8:33am PST

Tuesday's battle was the group's first organized snowball fight of the year. It hosted four last year.

Past battles have drawn hundreds of revelers.

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