Longest Riverdance line-world record set
ROCKLAND, NY, USA -- The Longest Riverdance line
involved 312 participants at the 35th annual Rockland County
Feis and Field Games, at the Wayne Recreational Park in Stony
Point July 20, 2008.
Photo: Irish step dancers kick in unison at Rockland's
35th annual Feis and Field Games held in Harriman State Park.
Cheers from the crowd help keep the Irish step dancers in unison.
[Matthew Brown/The Journal News] (enlarge
Crowds cheered and clapped while hundreds
of mostly young girls performed the Irish jig in an attempt
to set a record for the single longest line of dancers.
record of 216 dancers, set in Dublin, Ireland, was meant
to be broken, said William Lee, from Pearl River, organizer
of the record attempt. (enlarge
"I thought it would be a great way to promote Irish
culture and the feis," said Lee, 43, whose 9-year-old daughter,
Brianne, took part in the event. "It's also just a fun time
for all the kids who dance here every year."
Thousands of Irish dancers from around the
country competed at the daylong feis, Gaelic for festival, which
was held at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area of Harriman State
"Everyone did an amazing job, it feels unbelievable."
The event, sponsored by the Rockland County
Ancient Order of Hibernians, is considered one of the largest
in North America, said Pat Dwyer, chairwoman of the festival
for more than 20 years.