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.