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In Photos: Nearly 900 Mexican performers set world record for folk dance

AFP , Monday 26 Aug 2019
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Couples dance to Mariachi traditional music to break the Guinness World Record of largest Mexican folk dance Dancers in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on August 24, 2019 AFP
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Nearly 900 people twirled and stamped their feet to mariachi music in the Mexican city of Guadalajara to set a Guinness record for the world's biggest folk dance.

Searing heat failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 882 men and women, who turned up Saturday in traditional costumes featuring vivid embroidery and bright colors to break the previous record, also set in Guadalajara in 2011 with 457 participants.

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Aerial view of couples dancing to Mariachi traditional music to break the Guinness World Record of largest Mexican folk dance Dancers in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on August 24, 2019 AFP

"This new record shows that our traditions are continuing to spread among young people," Xavier Orendain, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Guadalajara and the event's organizer, told reporters.

Dancers were required to perform a choreographed routine for at least five minutes without interruption in order to qualify for the record, said Guinness judge Carlos Tapia.

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Couples dance to Mariachi traditional music to break the Guinness World Record of largest Mexican folk dance Dancers in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on August 24, 2019 AFP

Their outfits were also rated, he added, with male dancers wearing traditional "charro" suits featuring hats and neckties, while the women wore vibrant dresses, bold jewelry and ribbons in their hair.

The dancers, who mostly belonged to folk ballet schools, moved to a mix of mariachi standards, dazzling audiences.

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A Mariachi hat is seen in the air as couples dance to Mariachi traditional music to break the Guinness World Record of largest Mexican folk dance Dancers in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico, on August 24, 2019 AFP

"It is impressive to see so much coordination and such a full expression of Mexican culture, it is the best," spectator Karla Gallardo, 24, told AFP.

"Yes, we can!" participants screamed with joy when the Guinness record was announced.

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