In a stunning demonstration of cultural pride and organization, 882 dancers in Guadalajara, Jalisco broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest Mexican folk dance.
People of all ages took the annual Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería festival by storm adorned in vibrant traditional wear. Men and women brightened the streets of Guadalajara, accompanied by live mariachi, nearly doubling the record-breaking numbers established in that same city eight years prior.
In order to qualify, the group had to beat the previous record – set in 2011, with 457 people – and perform for at least five minutes. They well surpassed that goal, dancing to “El Jarabe Tapatío” and then chanting and swaying along to “Guadalajara, Guadalajara” when the news was announced.
According to Mexico News Daily, Guadalajara now boasts 11 of the 25 Guinness records held by the state of Jalisco. Others include the world’s biggest marzipan and world’s largest tequila tasting. I get the feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear of record-breaking events from Mexico’s second-largest city.