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Mardi Gras 2011
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World’s Largest Umbrella Dance
News Release with photos by Robert Mihovil
Monday, February 28, 2011

GALVESTON ISLAND, TX – Organizers of Galveston Island’s 100th Mardi Gras celebration put all hands in, shook them all about and ended up with a new world record. That is, assuming auditors that witnessed nearly 500 parade participants dance the Hokey Pokey Friday night at Mardi Gras! Galveston give the official OK to Guinness World Records.

“That’s what it was all about,” said Erin Dhonau, event coordinator for Mardi Gras! Galveston. “The dance was hilarious and fun, and even more important than earning the world record, was being able to see so many people come together and have a good time.”

Robert Mihovil provided these photos.

Galveston’s umbrella dance included 492 people. The current official record was set in 2010 by 300 people in Bath, England. Dhonau said she expects Guinness World Records to make an official declaration of Galveston’s new record in a few weeks.

More than half of the dancers that took part in the record-setting performance Friday were members of the Galveston Mobsters – the same organizers that formed the Galveston flash mob on Sept. 12, 2010 to celebrate the island’s recovery since Hurricane Ike hit in 2008.

“We are committed to fun; that’s part of the recovery,” said Kitty Allen, a lead organizer of Galveston Mobsters.  “This is about celebrating your successes and bringing fun back to the island, and Mardi Gras is a huge part of that.”

Each dancer in Friday’s Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade parade sported a decorated umbrella for the five-minute Hokey Pokey routine. But the event wasn’t just a Galveston celebration. Participation in the dance was open to the public and included groups from Houston, Austin, Dallas and other parts of Texas and the Gulf Coast.

Mardi Gras! Galveston – the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas – will continue through March 8, showcasing lavish parades, galas, headliner entertainment, children’s activities and Gulf Coast cuisine. 

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