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Mardi Gras! Galveston
News Release
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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, Texas – 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:

About Mardi Gras! Galveston

Beginning Friday, Feb. 25, the streets of Galveston Island will come alive with the extravagant parades, festive sounds and playful bead throwing of Mardi Gras! Galveston. The event – which will include eight new parades this year – will continue through March 8.

In total, this year’s 100th celebration event will include 26 concerts, 18 parades, 13 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls. Opening weekend, the nationally known alternative rock band Neon Trees will headline performances to be held on two stages throughout both weekends of the Mardi Gras celebration.  For a complete schedule of events, visit

Mardi Gras! Galveston is the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas. More than 200,000 people attend the pre-Lenten event annually.  For more information, visit

Media Resources

Media professionals interested in scheduling interviews or receiving media passes to Mardi Gras! Galveston may contact Leah Boyd, public relations manager for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, at 409-797-5152 or

Photos for media use can be downloaded at

Video footage for media use can be downloaded at

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