WATCH: Dozens flood National Mall for snowy battle royale


WASHINGTON — Some people get excited when they wake up to a fresh blanket of snow. They dream of making snow angels, building snowmen or even just watching the flakes fall from the warmth of their home.

Others prepare for battle.

For years, people have been spending their snow days gathering near D.C.’s historic landmarks for massive, epic snowball fights. The first snow of 2019 wasn’t any different, as dozens flooded the National Mall and took sides, chucking packing snow at each other in a battle royale for Washington Monument supremacy.

“It is cool when there are so many people around,” said Claire. “Instead of just, like, four people having a snowball fight, it’s like a hundred. So a little more intense.”

“I’m from Arizona, and I’m not used to snow,” said Greg, who was foolishly wearing tennis shoes.

The Washington Monument was the site of a massive snowball fight on Sunday. (WTOP/Keara Dowd)
Washington Monument was the site of a massive snowball fight on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (WTOP/Keara Dowd) (WTOP/Keara Dowd)
Keeping in tradition, a massive snowball fight took place Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, when the region got its first major snowstorm of the season. (WTOP/Keara Dowd) (WTOP/Keara Dowd)
It was a cheery scene at the Washington Moment, where crowds gathered for a massive snowball fight — and apparently a bit of pizza — on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (WTOP/Keara Dowd)
For years, people have been spending their snow days gathering near D.C.’s historic landmarks for massive, epic snowball fights. The first snow of 2019 wasn’t any different, as dozens flooded the National Mall and took sides, chucking packing snow at each other in a battle royale for Washington Monument supremacy. (WTOP/Keara Dowd)
This snowman managed to hold its own at Washington Monument, the site of a massive snowball fight on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, (WTOP/Keara Dowd)
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The Washington Monument was the site of a massive snowball fight on Sunday. (WTOP/Keara Dowd)

From kids, to adults pretending to be kids, all were welcome Sunday afternoon. One woman was dressed as a unicorn. Another man had a snowball molder to get the perfect sphere every time. Three members of the U.S. Park Police joined in, lobbing snowballs from afar and being good-natured as the unsuspecting victims returned fire. We The Pizza sent free pies.

Some of the warriors were furloughed government workers while others were unaffected by the current shutdown, but all wanted to gather and lose themselves in fluffy magic for the afternoon.

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