Mountains of feathers, hours of cleanup 

While pillow fight crusaders slept off their hangovers on President’s Day, a crew of 15 swept the mess up overnight of the hundreds who whacked each other and blanketed the Embarcadero with white feathers for Valentine’s Day.

This morning by 10:30, one pillow remained and the smallest of feathers were still stuck in the sand pits of the palm trees that decorate Justin Herman Plaza.

Street vendors said compared to other years it was the Department of Public Works’ fastest cleanup yet.

“You should have seen what it looked like out here last night and how it looked this morning. Usually the feathers are caked to the ground because of the rain,’’ said Jacqueline Ryan who has sold her designer hats along the Embarcadero for 14 years.

Ryan said when she showed up at 8:30 a.m. the feathers were in a huge heap like a mountain of snow, but that they were almost all gone by 9:30 a.m.

DPW spokeswoman Christine Falvey did not have an estimate of how much the cleanup cost, but said, “Those are taxpayer dollars and we prefer they clean up after their own event.’’

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