Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico - Nearly 900 people twirled and stamped their feet to Mariachi music in Guadalajara's Plaza Liberación on Saturday in an attempt to set a new Guinness record for the world's biggest folk dance.
Searing heat failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 882 men and women, who came out in traditional costumes featuring vivid embroidery and bright colors to break the previous record, also set in Guadalajara in 2011 with 457 participants.
"This new record shows that our traditions are continuing to spread among young people," Xavier Orendain, president of the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce 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.
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 folkloric ballet schools, moved to a mix of Mariachi standards, like Guadalajara, La Negra, Alazanas and El Jarabe Tapatío - dazzling the large crowd that gathered to watch.
"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 reporters."Yes, we can!" participants screamed with joy when the World Record was announced.