Thousands of Smurfs fans all over the world were celebrating today, following a successful global attempt to beat the record for the largest gathering of folk dressed as the little blue people.
The final total of participants for today’s attempt was an incredible 4891, a figure that nearly doubled the previous record.
Simultaneous gatherings took place in countries as diverse and far apart as Belgium, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Columbia, Mexico, Panama, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Guinness World Records™ adjudicators were on hand at each venue to count participants and check their outfits to ensure compliance with our stringent guidelines.
At exactly 5 PM BST on Saturday every Smurf had to be in position simultaneously across three continents for 10 minutes.
In order for a participant to be counted, they had to have a complete Smurf costume including white hat, blue top, plus white trousers and shoes, while all exposed skin had to be painted blue.
The previous record for Most people dressed as Smurfs had been 2,510, which was set at an event at the Oceana nightclub in Swansea, Wales in 2009.
The aim of today’s Smurfery was to promote and celebrate the forthcoming cinema release of The Smurfs 3D movie (http://www.smurfhappens.com), along with the birthday of , the creator of the characters.