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Mexico gifts a record to Jackson

They say they beat it. Thousands of Mexicans claimed they broke the record for most people dancing to Thriller simultaneously in one place on Saturday, which would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday.

world Updated: Aug 31, 2009 00:13 IST

They say they beat it.

Thousands of Mexicans claimed they broke the record for most people dancing to Thriller simultaneously in one place on Saturday, which would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday.

“We did it!” organiser Javier Hildago shouted to thousands of people wearing black fedoras, white gloves, aviator shades and ghoulish face paint, breathless after trying to recreate the groundbreaking 1983 video.

Did they? The Guinness Book of World Records will decide in a week.

The current record was set in May by a group of 242 College of William & Mary students who performed the routine in Williamsburg, Virginia, according to Guinness.

Hildago claimed 12,937 people danced on Saturday in front of Mexico City’s Monument of the Revolution, led by a Michael Jackson impersonator wearing a red-and-gold sequined jacket.

But Guinness must certify whether all those people really performed the entire, intricate routine.