GALVESTON, Texas More than 500 dancers will try to shake it all about in an attempt to set a world record at Mardi Gras celebrations Friday.

Following the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade parade on The Strand, participants will stop in front of the Tremont House, armed with their colored and decorated umbrellas, and dance for five minutes to the Hokey Pokey.

The group will be trying to break a world record for largest umbrella dance, event coordinator Erin Dhonau said.

It needs to be a traditional dance, and with this many people, who doesn t know the Hokey Pokey ? she said. How much more American can you get? Everyone would be able to participate in this. We have people from 12 to 62, and they should all know the Hokey Pokey.

Mardi Gras organizers initially wanted to break the world record for the largest Second Line Parade but decided on going after the dance record instead.

We re just going to go for it, Dhonau said. The siren will sound, Hokey Pokey will play, and we ll just cross our fingers and hope everyone remembers the dance.

The current world record was set in August.

More than 300 students of the Achariya World Class Education Institution in India broke a record set three months earlier.

In May, a group in England had earned the world record title when 234 dancers gathered in Bath to perform a five-minute dance to the song Singin in the Rain.

Dhonau said Guinness World Records requires them to submit official video and documentation of the event.

Regardless of whether we break the record or not, it s going to be a lot of fun, she said.

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