The ¿Que Pasa? Festival of Virginia says the 1,013 piñatas they hung along Richmond’s Canal Walk more than doubled the previous piñata display record set in 2008.
Though it has yet to be certified by Guinness World Records, a Hispanic festival in Richmond is claiming that it has set a new world record for piñatas hung in one display.
The previous record, held by Union de Locatarios del Mercado Municipal in Mexico, was a measly 504 piñatas.
On Saturday, May 5 (or Cinco de Mayo, as it is commonly known), the 17th annual ¿Que Pasa? Festival of Virginia celebrated the state’s Latino community and worked to draw attention to Richmond’s efforts at becoming one of the “most inclusive and diverse” communities in the United States. Between 16,000 and 20,000 people attend the event each year.
In an effort to raise funds for Hispanic youth programs, the festival organizers set out to beat the existing world record by encouraging people across the state to sponsor a piñata with a $100 donation to the Passport to Education program. A total of 1,013 piñatas were sponsored, collected, and displayed along the city’s Canal Walk during the festival, more than doubling the record-holding display.
When the piñatas are done being exhibited, volunteers will fill them with supplies and donate them to schools and programs within the community.
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