Galveston Mardi Gras Organizers Seek World Record with Umbrella Brigade

More than 500 Parade Participants Will Dance the Hokey Pokey in Attempt for Largest Umbrella Dance

GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (February 23, 2011) – Organizers of Galveston Island’s 100th Mardi Gras celebration are hoping they can “shake it all about” to a new world record by hosting the largest choreographed umbrella dance in history.

A group of more than 500 participants will perform the Hokey Pokey in a record attempt that will take place this Friday, Feb. 25 – opening night of Mardi Gras! Galveston. The umbrella dancers will give a five-minute performance during the Uptown Funky Umbrella Brigade parade, which starts at 8:30 p.m. in Galveston’s historic downtown.

Participation in the parade is open to the public. Organizers said more than 500 people had registered to participate as of Wednesday morning.

“We were really surprised by the response,” said Erin Dhonau, event coordinator for Mardi Gras! Galveston. “We’ve had groups from all over the state join in on this. It’s a way the public can get involved and actually be a part of Mardi Gras rather than watching from the sideline.”

The Guinness Book of World Records title for the largest umbrella dance is currently held at 300 people. It was performed in Bath, England in 2010. People interested in participating in Galveston’s record attempt can download a registration form online at:



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