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Water Balloon Fight! Massive Battle Coming to Miami to Benefit Third World Water Campaign

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Everyone loves a water balloon fight. That is, everyone who's not a stodgy old coot. So the concept of a giant, 5,000-person battle royale, where everyone's armed with copious quantities of balloon bombs, is epic indeed.

That epic water balloon battle is coming to Miami on April 13. It's dubbed "Every Drop Counts," and is designed to raise money and awareness for the lack of clean water in third world countries.

Raising awareness of water scarcity with a water-wasting balloon fight seems counterintuitive, right? But not to worry, the do-gooders who operate Blue Mission have it covered. So you can feel good about nailing your enemies with exploding water bombs.

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The massive water balloon bonanza will involve an estimated 5,000 Miamians pelting each other with 100,000 waterlogged balloons. This is your chance to nail your obnoxious boss in the back of the head; your bitchy best friend in her buxom booty; your jobless boyfriend in his less-than-impressive package -- and all in the name of a good cause.

Blue Missions was started as a hobby in 2010 by founder Danny Rodriguez. It's steadily grown since, and this year the organization is projected to help 1,000 families through a series of five trips during which volunteers will build systems to transport clean water to villages without access.

They've traveled to areas of the Dominican Republic including Carrasco, Rio Piedra, and La Penda. Their systems have saved women and children from traveling hours up steep mountain inclines to collect water that's often disease-infested.

The best part of the whole shebang? No water will be wasted. The uber-conscious folks at Blue Mission worked out a conservation deal with Tamiami Park. The venue will shut off its sprinklers for eight days in advance of the event, during which they would have used exactly the amount of water for irrigation as they'll spill during the battle. Problem solved.

"Water balloons are going to replace the water they were going to use to water their grass, so it 100% offsets the waste of water," Rodriguez says.

Even the discarded latex balloons have a higher purpose.

"People who are very green tend to have a negative thought of balloons, so we're taking them to be composted. They'll be back in the earth helping the plants grow," he adds. Talk about environmentally-friendly.

And in addition to the liquid fun, there'll be DJs, live music, food trucks, and other post-battle entertainment. Plus, they'll be showcasing lots of other philanthropic orgs at the event, so Miamians can see what their city has to offer in the charity capacity. That makes for a wet, wild and worthwhile afternoon.

Every Drop Counts kicks off on Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m. at Tamiami Park, and runs through 3 p.m. Pre-registration costs $20, and on-site registration $25. Get additional details or buy tickets on the website.

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