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Break a World Record, Dance at the Marching Band Parade

By Hana Frenette

You know you’ve done the Cupid Shuffle at weddings, parties, and probably Seville Quarter. Saturday, you can do it in the streets of downtown at the Marching Band Parade and help in the attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest line dance.

“There are other songs to do line dances to, but not one that everyone knows as well,” Patrick McKinney said. “You go to a country club or an urban club – they play the cupid shuffle and it just packs out the floor.”

McKinney and several others organized this event along with the Pensacola Mardi Gras, Inc., and have registered it with Guinness so that official verification procedures can take place.

Cupid himself will be in Pensacola at Seville on Friday night, the day before the parade, to promote the event and get people in the mood to do the shuffle.

The current official record holder for the largest line dance is Atlanta, with 17,500 people.

Over 25,000 are expected to show up for Saturday’s festivities. If those people decide to hop in line for a dance, Pensacola could become the new record holder.

And how are all these people going to be counted while dancing?

“The city has been so kind as to provide us with a helicopter for taking aerial shots of the crowd,” McKinney said. “And then the image will just have to be enlarged and painstakingly counted.”

The shuffle will be taking place roughly between 3 and 4 p.m., Jan. 21. Television crews, radio shows and all different walks of media will be there, ready to document the possible victory.

Catch some beads, eat a moon pie, dance the Cupid Shuffle and help break a world record involving thousands of people. Just a typical Saturday.

Cupid Shuffle at Pensacola Mardi Gras Marching Band Parade and Competition
WHEN:  Parade starts at 2 p.m., Cupid Shuffle at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21
WHERE: Downtown Pensacola, corner of Garden and Palafox streets
DETAILS: pensacolamardigras.com