Mexico: world record for participation in a folk dance

The Guinness Book of Records recorded the participation of 882 people dancing to the rhythm of mariachi music Saturday in the Mexican city of Guadalajara, the largest folk dance in the world.
This new record was set at the International Mariachi Meeting in Guadalajara, where the previous feat was also held in 2011 with 457 participants.

“Two very important aspects were studied: first, that all participants dance at least five minutes without interruption and without leaving the test area, then they follow a choreography. To that we added the costumes, “said Carlos Tapia, representative of the Guinness Book of Records.

The dancers, most of them from folk dance schools, have come together under the intense rays of the sun, Liberation Square in the center of Guadalajara, capital of the state of Jalisco.

“The previous record was also ours. This new shows the continuation of the dissemination of our traditions to young people, “Xavier Orendain, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Guadalajara, organizer of the event, told the press.

The men danced to mariachi songs while wearing the traditional costumes of “charro” (used for charreria, a sport of Mexican communities of livestock farmers dating back to the XVI th century), with embroideries, Mexican hats and boots. The women wore multicolored dresses and their hairstyles were intertwined with ribbons.

“For me, it’s amazing to see so much coordination and all the expression of Mexican culture, that’s the best,” Karla Gallardo, 24, a spectator at AFP, told AFP. the event and also a member of a folk group.

The Guadalajara International Mariachi Encounter thus counts 11 exploits in the Guinness Book of Records.

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