Spectators in the state of Michoacán in Mexico witnessed the setting of a new Guinness World Record as more than 900 dancers came together to perform the greatest Mexican folk dance, Mexico News Daily reported. The huge group of cheering dancers rocked to the beat of the live version of Juan Colorado’s song. The song has great meaning for the people of the state who consider it their anthem. The record event took place in the historic center of Morelia in the state of Michoacán. It was organized by the Artisanal, Touristic, Cultural and Agro-Industrial Group of Beautiful Michoacán. In addition, the municipal government of Morelia also helped the dancers during the big event.

About 954 dancers dressed in traditional Mexican outfits filled the hall to show off their skills. They had come from over 20 municipalities across the state and danced in sync to set a new record. The previous record set in Plaza de la Liberación, Guadalajara, Mexico saw 882 people shake their legs on August 24, 2019.

Participants danced for 6 minutes and 50 seconds to the folk song El jarabe tapatío while wearing typical charro and corporal costumes.

The new record also drew praise from Fátima Chávez Alcaraz, the state capital’s culture minister, who congratulated everyone who contributed to the achievement. “Thank you all – with your participation you highlight one of the traditions that characterizes our state,” the minister said.

The live performance of the event was given by Rocío Vega, who sang the Juan Coloradoo while two local bands enhanced it with their music. Speaking of the feat, Vega said it was not just about breaking the record, but “to send a message of peace and to show the world that Michoacán has precious people, like the michoacano bailarines”.

Although it is the largest Mexican folk dance, people from other countries have set similar records by dancing in large groups to their folk songs. These include the largest Welsh folk dance and the largest Philippine folk dance.

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