It was Sunday on Sixth Street — and people got sloshed.
Pelted with water balloons. Shot with squirt guns. Sprayed with water hoses. Dunked in water jugs.
For a half-hour just past midday, the popular Austin entertainment district erupted in a wet and unruly frenzy of screams and laughter in the largest water balloon fight of its kind in the city for the seventh year running.
This fearless reporter was pelted many times in the head covering the event.
Austin police shut down the intersection of Sixth and Trinity streets at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the Splash Mob, which drew hundreds of people of all ages to the downtown corridor. A bullhorn sounded, and the fight began.
The minutes that followed were a dizzying array of water and color. Some, including Jeff and Cindy Quimby and their son, Max, stayed up all night Saturday filling water balloons — 1,000 exactly.
“It’s a fever pitch,” founder Robert Palm said of the event, which goes until the water runs out.
Palm started the event in 2010 with friend Dave Andrews as a way to bring something fun and free to people in their beloved city. They thought, “What could be better than hitting people with water balloons?” Palm said.
“Adults don’t usually get to do stuff like that, especially with people they don’t know. It’s like being a kid again.”
Hundreds departed Sixth Street on Sunday drenched head to toe, leaving behind fragments of water balloons that littered the street.