Panama City Beach just crushes the previously held Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Bikini Parade yesterday by 93! The previous record was held by the Gold Coast in Australia – Gold Coast beat the previous record by just 26. This just says, if you’re gonna beat a record, might as well go big!
I’m excited to be at any event where something extraordinary has happened, and Panama City Beach just destroyed a record, which I thought would be beat by maybe 2 or 3, maybe 20 people, but just. . . they crushed it, so I’m thrilled to be here. ~ Philip Robertson, Guinness World Records Judge
Yesterday 450 bikini-clad women, young and old, marched down the beach in front of Harpoon Harry’s in Panama City Beach, wearing signature hats to identify them as official parade participants to the judges. It was almost as if it was meant to be – with gloomy weather almost daily for the last couple weeks, yesterday was literally picturesque; blue skies, warm weather made everything perfect.
The previous record
Previously held by Gold Coast Australia, the last record breaking event was held in October of last year. The record Panama City Beach had to break was 357. The record Gold Coast broke was 331, set by the Cayman Islands in 2010. The Gold Coast is already talking of a record next year, so no telling how long Panama City Beach will get to keep that record.
Although, Panama City Beach completely crushed the previous record capturing 26% more bikini parade goers than the previous record. So for the next runner up, they’ll have to put together quite a gathering!
Couldn’t have been a better day
The weather was fantastic yesterday; sunny, blue skies, warm, in the 70’s. Spring Breakers from all over the south east, residents and others that wanted in on the challenge gathered on the beach behind Harpoon Harry’s beachfront restaurant in Panama City Beach for the parade. At about 11:30 am on Tuesday March 6, the parade began and walked down the beach, under the M.B. Miller (county) pier and back again.
The official announcement of the results was made around 12:30pm and was solidified with the cheers of hundreds of attendees chanting USA, USA, USA!
Quotes from the event
We want to be on top, but the publicity that goes with it – we want people to see this beach and just know how beautiful it is. It really is a national treasure. ~ Gayle Oberst, Mayor of Panama City Beach
This is wonderful. Panama City Beach is known for being a Real Fun Beach, where kids of all ages come to the beach to have a good time. And breaking the record today – not by a little bit, but by a hundred folks – really is wonderful. . . It’s hard to get 358 people all together at the same time, even on a beach like Panama City Beach, where folks are down here in the thousands. But today, the girls came out, everybody had a really good time, highlighting that Panama City Beach is truly one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. ~ Dan Rowe, President/CEO, Panama City Beach CVB
We planned this. It’s been on my Facebook for weeks. . . Tears came in my eyes. Like it’s, legit. This was one of the most exciting moments of my life, I’m gonna tell my kids about this. ~ Some random spring breaker bikini parade participant
I was 357 and she was like 358 in line. So we were like WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!! ~ The actual “record holder” spring breaker.
This was awesome. It was my first opportunity to be a part of a world record. I am so excited, because my name’s going to be on it. That’s sweet. It’s awesome. ~ An excited participant.
What it did for Panama City Beach in the press
Setting a world record is cool, but what it does to solidify our place on the map is enormous! Just by setting the record, Panama City Beach was picked up in national publications yesterday and today, has been talked about in local papers around the country citing that the USA has captured this record and countless others that aren’t showing up in the almighty google I’m sure are taking place.
Again, I’ve got to hand it to the promoters of this challenge. People are literally talking about Panama City Beach everywhere!