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D.C. Snowball Fight Organizer: Not Expecting Police But “They’re More Than Welcome”


So far, we've heard of at least three snowball fights planned for tomorrow in the District. One near Randle Circle in Southeast (noon), another in a field near the New York Avenue Metro station in Northeast (1 p.m.), and a third on the National Mall (3 p.m.).

Given what happened during D.C.'s last big snow at D.C.'s last snowball fight—remember all those anarchists?—we thought we'd ask Rhys Gerholdt, executive director of CarbonfreeDC, who is helping organize the one in NE, a few questions. Because all of these snowball fights seem awfully suspicious.  

City Paper: In publicizing your event, you said, “While some folks will be hunkered down in their houses clutching their canned goods, CarbonfreeDC invites you to make the best of it by getting together to have a glorious day of snowman making and snowball fights.” What is the real purpose of this snowball fight?

Rhys Gerholdt: The real purpose of the snowball fight is to enjoy the winter as opposed to being afraid of it and to celebrate snow before climate change makes it go by the wayside. Before climate change hampers snowball-making for years to come.

CP: What, exactly, is your definition of a snowball fight?

RG: When people come outside and make balls of snow and toss them at each other?

CP: Do you think snowball fights and anarchy are synonymous?

RG: Only if you want them to be. They can be good family fun. I don’t think anarchy is necessarily good family fun.

CP: You have planned your snowball fight for a “large field.” Don't you think it'd be better to have it at a major intersection like 14th and U NW?

RG: Um, I think that we’ll stay out of the major crowd areas and cop-patrol areas down here. [This location] also allows us to have bigger snowballs and bigger snowmen. My hope is to make giant caterpillars.

CP: Caterpillars?

RG: Sometimes you make the balls too big to actually stack them on top of each other.

CP: Do you know if anyone is going to bring weapons of any sort?

RG: No, I don’t know.

CP: Are you expecting the police?

RG: I’m not expecting the police, but if they want to come and throw snowballs, they’re more than welcome.

Gerholdt is not planning to set any snowball fight world records here; he’ll be happy if 30 or more people show up.

But, he added, “It might snowball."

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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    sedcdude, I remember as a child in the 60's, my brothers and I would play in the snow and we would slide down 13th Street, NW hill next to Cardozo Senior High. We would walk from Columbia Road, NW and Sherman Avenue, NW to my cousin's grandmother's house by walking thru Malcolm X Park to get to 18th & Willard Streets, NW. We had fun playing in the snow, but things have changed and the rules are so different. As a native Washingtonian, I am now the outsider.

  • sedcdude

    jesse helms
    fuck you, you QUISLING motherfucker! If you stay in, it'll be 1 less stray wet dog out and about you gump!


    Grace, did you take your meds on today? Maybe you and Jesse Helms should hook up along with your white husband for a 3 some. Better yet, please go join Jesse Helms in his grave down in North Carolina.

  • sedcdude

    No you're not, you have a great deal to offer, historically and perspectively, I told you, it's ALL IN THE MIND! You didn't make it this far being no fool and you are still relevant, you just gotta think outside YOUR box, I know it's different times, but you gotta go with the flow and IMPOSE your righteousness on what makes you uncomfortable, hell, everybody else do it, ethiopians, whites, gentrifiers, skateboarders, mexicans, gays and the snow ballers...
    DO YOU WARD4!!

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    Grace Jones are you still performing? I will be doing a Euorpean concert coming up in March. Maybe you should join me by performing? I didn't see you at the Grammys Grace.

  • sedcdude

    I'm out, the snow awaits!!!!! Jesse Helms take your thumb ou'chur ass you SYNCOPHANT!

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    Have some of you been smoking today inside during the snow storm? Please put those crack pipes down and go outside and have fun or take you a long nap and never wake up.

    We are having a fish fry on today at 5th & M Streets, NW. There will be fried chicken too.


    sedcdude be careful out there with your kids. I will try and get out there on tomorrow and shovel snow from my walk way and on my car. I think I will take Daddy Grace advice by taking me a nap. I am sleepy. lol

  • sedcdude

    @ Grace Jones
    You nappy headed ho', blow up dolls and mannequins don't count! And for the record, I'm far from out of shape you ignorant ass, bootlickin' aunt jemmima of the fucked up kind, gag on snow ho'!!!


    LOL LOL LOL@sedcdude. I love the Washington City Paper blogs. You can really be yourself and say what's on your mind. It's good comic releif. lol lol

  • Grace Jones

    sedcdude don't be mad, because you have a small wee wee and my white husband is packing over 9 inches. My blond green eyed baby is a muscular looking Alex O'loughlin of the former canceled CBS series "Three Rivers".

    sedcdude, I know you look like Rochester Anderson or Wesly Snipes with a big beer belly. If you were a light skinned muscular in shape Negro sedcdude, maybe I would give you a chance. Be gone Baboon.

  • Dr. Van Helsing

    Reading these retarded comments on here is enough to make one go outside and play in the snow. Can we say or use the work "retard" anymore. I must be politically correct. lol


  • Grace Jones

    SEDCDUDE are you jealous, because I am still a DIVA and hot white men love me? Baby, you need to watch my video "Pull Up To The Bumper". LOL

    I now reside in the Kalarama neighborhood of Ward 1 D.C. with my white blonde, muscular, green eyed husband.


    sedcdude, please read the comments in the Washington Post on rising rents in the District of Columbia. Let me know what you think about this article.

  • Truth Hurts

    Anyone know what happened with the planned 14 & U snowball fight? Did it happen? Sounded earlier like things might get ugly.

  • sedcdude

    that article is pretty much indicative of the times and our mayor! He has enabled and facilitated this process, but it's up to us to encourage, prepare and invest in our children so that they will take control of their destiny and can live comfortably.
    No one will do it for you and it's all about compound interest and profit, bottom line! This is America and high rents are becoming the norm, get on or get left!

    As for GRACE, you are symbolic of the "slave mentality" that has and will keep some blacks disrespected, WEAK and cheap you dumb bitch!!!

    BTW, snow is a wonderful thing!

  • Peyton

    Did anyone else see another cop at the Dupont Cir fight riding around in a camo-painted hummer getting out every 20 yards and daring people to throw snowballs. He was grandstanding in full uniform yelling, "don't nobody be stupid."

  • Bisexual Vampire

    I decided to get out and I left my Adams Morgan home and I walked down to DuPont Circle to see the snow ball fight. Man, it turned out to be lots of fun with some hot guys. We had one gay old time out there this afternoon. I met someone and we went back to his place for some safe fun inside. The gay site Adam4Adam is pact today with over 1200 gay/bi men in D.C. on line looking for hook ups. There are a lot of lonely people out there and during this blizzard haven't helped. Enjoy life people!


    sedcdude, I am just waking up from my nap and I had dinner with my wife. Now am back on here to see what's being written by others.

    sedcdude, please read this article written by Colbert King in the Washington Post today discussing King Fenty.

    Grace Jones, I looked at your video and I didn't know if you were a man or woman. You are just dam ugly. LOL


    P.S. sedcdude, man I don't have the energy to deal with all that snow on tomorrow shoveling out my car and the walkway. People have to be careful shoveling snow, because they could have a heart attack. One son did come back in his SUV to check on us. He will be back on tomorrow with his 2 brothers to help me shovel the snow. Praise be to God. This is the time when I am thankful I have children who happen to be law abiding citizens and college graduates. I had to say this sedcdude, because some whites think all black men are savages and uneducated. Grace is an ignorant old fart.

  • Dr. Van Helsing

    Bisexual Vampire, I hope you used a condom?


    sedcdude, D.C. is changing for the worse. I look forward to my death. Liberalism is destroying this city and country.

  • Jesse Helms

    Bisexual Vampire you are nasty and someone should stake you, the undead. WARD4DC you are right, whites are taking over D.C. with their push for gay marriage and liberal policies. The blacks destroyed our Nations Captital with crime, welfare, and drugs. Now the white gays and white liberals will destroy it too with their agenda. Soon mankind will destroy itself. Good riddance! Then they can come join me in hell. I look forward in meeting sedcdude in hell. I will be him down for an eternity.

  • Jesse Helms

    Then they can come join me in hell. I look forward in meeting sedcdude in hell. I will beat him down for an eternity.

  • Johnny

    Quote In Washington Post:

    1:41 p.m. -- An only-in-DC snowball fight
    Only in Washington do you schedule a snowball fight -- and distribute a big legal disclaimer along with it. By 1 p.m. today, more than 5,000 people had signed up for the Official Dupont Circle Snowball Fight group on Facebook. An outdoor bar had been set up outside the Dupont Hotel, and Mayor Adrian Fenty even stopped by to say hello and shake hands. Police were expected to be on hand to keep things calm. The fight is even supposed to be live streamed here: A live stream of photos is also planned on Flickr.

    The organizers, thirtysomethings Ami Greener and MIchael Lipin, first tried to put together a snowball fight on Facebook during the December snowstorm, but only about a half-dozen friends showed up. This time they tried much harder, getting advice from friends about how to use Twitter and to get the word out.

    "I tweeted it with hashtags like Snowmaggedon, Snowpocalypse, that kind of thing," Greener said. "This was my first tweet. I might start using it now!" Added Lipin: "It went viral. I've never seen anything like this. We had 33 members on Thursday morning, and it's growing by hundreds an hour right now." Like the best Washington lawyers, Lipin posted a mild caution on Facebook: "You are coming to Dupont Circle Park on Saturday, Feb 6, 2010, to play snowballs voluntarily. The people spreading the word about the happening are not preparing any special equipment or conditions and may not be held responsible for your decisions and/or actions." Greener and Lipin will part ways during combat, with Lipin expecting to fight with Dupont South and Greener with Dupont North. In the meantime, they're hanging out in front of Starbucks, hoping turnout will match the interest online. -- Amy Gardner

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  • sedcdude

    Jesse shut the hell up you delusional wind bag!
    You and the likes of you are the reason d.c. is screwed, with your fake ass conservative rhetoric, which breeds cronyism, favoritism, racism, greed and IGNORANCE! It was your kind who made $$ off the the poor and the uneducated while you did your dirt on the low and behind closed doors, that's the MAJOR difference between you and liberal fuckdolls who have flooded the city with their IN YOUR FACE approach to life, that's the problem, NO MIDDLE GROUND or real logic being used!!

    Fuck you Jesse!!

  • Downtown rez

    We got the walk shoveled all the way from the house to the corner and around to the alley. Also did a few people's steps. Then we walked to the grocery store, threw snowballs, and made snow-slides in the 8-10 foot tall piles of snow. My kid loved all that.
    Oh yeah, and with a nod to all the omniphobes, at the end of the day we watched a movie. It was a great day. Tomorrow's looking good too!