Flash mobs flood The City on Valentine's day 

Today The City sent a valentine to Australia with a two-minute flash mob dance at Castro and Market streets that gathered hundreds of spectators and stopped Muni traffic at high noon.

After about 30 minutes, the crowd dissipated, the three inbound, F-Line cable cars started up again and the intersection was clear.

It was one of several valentines expressed today via flash mob – when a large group gathers through word of mouth to create what looks like a random, out-of-the-norm recital such as zombie attacks, pillow fights or a chorus.

Today’s mid-day dance-off will be added to the YouTube archive of flash mob performances. The organizer, Luke Fry, said he wanted to send his friend in Australia - who also recently organized a separate dance flash mob and uploaded it online - a video postcard for the holiday.

“When I saw my friend’s flash mob I thought, ‘There’s no way I can do that’," said Fry, a Mountain View resident. “But then I just started talking about it and it grew from there."

Since December people in-the-know were watching Fry’s dance lessons on YouTube or practicing together at one of two rehearsals.

It happens to be one of several flash mobs planned for the Valentine’s Day. Twitter accounts and Facebook status updates have been glorifying tonight’s annual pillow fight at the Embarcadero at 6 p.m.

The feather filled fest has plagued the Department of Public Works for several years, but also allowed hundreds of people to say that for Valentine’s Day they were whacked in the face with feathers.

“Everyone loves a pillow fight though," said Josh Klipp, who helped choreograph the dance flash mob. “People in The City just love to have fun."

The Valentine's day flash mobs saga will continue with 7 x 7 Magazine’s “Pucker Up" at 8 p.m.

Anyone who wants in just has to snap a shot of a kiss in The City and e-mail it to flashmob@7x7.com

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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