MANDAN, ND USA
July 4th 2012
Mandan attempts to set World Record for the Longest YMCA Dance
The YMCA Dance organized by the Mandan Independence Day Parade and Street Festival Committee covered 24 blocks and was 1.627 miles long. The event took place on Main Street in Mandan, ND at 10:15 a.m. on July 4th 2012. The committee will submit documentation to the World Record Academy and will know in a few weeks if a world record was achieved.
Mandan has set two previous world records on July 4th. In 2010, a world record for the longest Chicken Dance was recorded. In 2011, a world record for the largest Twist Dance by Chubby Checker was also set. Since the event had proven to be popular, the parade committee set out to determine what should be attempted in 2012.
A poll placed on the City of Mandan's website by business development director Ellen Hubor ask to see what dance should be used for a world record attempt on July 4th, 2012. The overwhelming choice was the YMCA by the Village People.
Implementation proved to be a challenge as music had to be heard along the entire length as well as informing the public. A early morning wind storm had incapacitated much of the equipment that was set up. People who were parked along the route were then encouraged to turn on their car stereos to Cool 98.7, a local radio station that was set to broadcast the YMCA.
By 10:00 a.m. people started to line the entire route. In some areas, multiple lines formed to accommodate the overflow crowd. Radios were all tuned to Cool 98.7 to listen as Scott McGowan counted down. At 10:15 a.m. thousands of people could be seen dancing the YMCA.
The world's longest YMCA Dance was part of the annual Independence Day celebration in Mandan, ND. Other events included a 5k run, a classic car parade, art in the park, the region's largest parade and the longest running Rodeo in the USA dating back to 1879.
Other than some technical issues caused by the early morning wind storm, the event was an overwhelming success, stated Marlo Anderson, Mandan Parade co-chairperson. The turnout was amazing. People traveled here from many states and also meet a couple from England who traveled to Mandan, ND just to be part of the festivities, stated Dennis Freisz, Mandan Parade co-chairperson.
"Y.M.C.A." is a song recorded by the American group Village People. It was released as the only single from the album Cruisin'. The song reached No. 2 on the U.S. Charts in early 1979 and reached No. 1 in the UK around the same time, becoming the group's biggest hit. It is one of the fewer than thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide.
The world's longest YMCA Dance was sponsored by Security First Bank, Maple River Winery, Cool 98.7, Maple River Distillery, Awesome 2 Products, Centennial Shipping Products and the Mandan Progress Organization.
The award winners of the 2012 Mandan Independence Day Parade have been determine by the parade award committee.
Jamie Vetter, chairperson of the awards committee, said that judging took place in four categories:
Most Creative, Most Unusual, Historical and Parade Theme. A traveling trophy called “The Northern” is also awarded to the overall winner.
The following are the category winners:
Historical – United Tribes Technical College.
Most Creative – Butcher Block.
Theme – Independent Beef Association of North Dakota
Most Unusual – North Dakota MUFON.
The recipient of The Northern for Best Overall was Vietnam Vets / Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club and 2nd Brigade Motorcycle Club.
An awards presentation will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Dykshoorn Park.
The Mandan Police Department shares information regarding parking and traffic flow for Fourth of July activities to help assure safety and alleviate congestion.
· In preparation for the Independence Day Parade, parking the entire length of Main Street will be prohibited after 1 a.m. on July 4. Vehicle parked on Main Street during this time will be ticketed and towed at owner expense. Parking may resume after the parade is over the afternoon of July 4.
· Street festival events begin at 8 a.m. on Main Street. This includes the Mandan Road Race 5K walk/run at 8 a.m., classic car parade at 9:30 a.m., and world’s longest YMCA dance at 10:15.
· The parade route is from Dacotah Centennial Park to Third Street SE and Memorial Highway to Main Street, ending at 10th Avenue NW. The parade leaves Dacotah Centennial Park at 10:30 a.m. and is expected to arrive on Main Street at 11 a.m.
· Traffic in bound from I-94 to Mandan will be from Main Street beginning at 7:45 a.m. from Main Street. Memorial Highway will be closed from Third Street SE to Main Street at 7:45 a.m. If you need to go south of Mandan, please arrange travel plans to do so prior to 7:45 a.m.
· After the parade begins, traffic traveling to the north and south of Mandan will be limited with the possibility of long delays until the parade is over.
· People coming into Mandan for the parade may wish to consider using the Sunset Drive exit 152 in addition to the Main Street exist 155 and Mandan Avenue exit 153. The Main Street exit is usually heavily congested.
· The Mandan Independence Day Parade Committee is providing free busing for spectators from multiple locations in Bismarck and Mandan. You can take chairs on the bus plus any items you pick up. Busing runs continuously from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Simply wait in the bus loading area until the next bus arrives. Bismarck busing sites are the Bismarck State College library parking lot, Bank of North Dakota and the Bismarck Elks Lodge. Busing is also available from the Mandan Middle School located north of I-94 exit 152 on Sunset Drive.
Information about the parade can be found at www.mandanparade.com. The parade chairs are Mandan Progress Organization volunteers Marlo Anderson and Dennis Friesz.
The Mandan Rodeo held at Dacotah Centennial Park concludes with a major fireworks display. When the display is over, the Mandan Police Department will be using some “one-way” traffic patterns to expedite traffic flow.
· Vehicles existing westbound on 24th Avenue SE from the rodeo grounds have these options:
o Westbound ONLY from the intersection of 24th Avenue SE and 3rd Street SE
o Northbound on 24th Avenue SE and then westbound ONLY on Memorial Highway
o Eastbound from the intersection of 24th Avenue SE and 3rd Street SE to Memorial Highway and then eastbound ONLY on Memorial Highway.
· Vehicles existing eastbound on Redwing Drive from the rodeo grounds will ONLY have the option of going east on Memorial Highway.
· McDonalds is planning to shut down the frontage road that goes east from its parking lot. Do not try to use this area to exit onto Memorial Highway or you may wait for a prolonged period as traffic by on Memorial Highway.