The city of Moyobama in northern Peru recently broke a world record by hosting largest Peruvian folkdance ever recorded. In fact, this new record has officially been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Over 1,585 couples turned out to perform the traditional dance of their city, the pandilla, during the Feast of San Juan this past Saturday. The dance began early in the morning and lasted for two whole hours, followed by the annual pilgrimage to the nearby hotsprings for the Blessed Bath of San Juan.
Moyobamba´s mayor, Oswaldo Jimenéz Salas, and the Municipality of Moyobamba joined forces with local dance schools in order to plan the event. The goal of hosting a dance of this size was bring recognition the city as a possible tourist destination.
The city of Arequipa held the record before Moyobama, with 1,247 dancers participating in a dance performed during the city´s carnival in 2014. Before this, the city of Trujillo won the accolade by hosting the traditional dance, the marinera, in which 635 couples participated.