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Monday 23 October 2017
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Moko Jumbies hope to set new Guinness world record

Scores of spectators are expected to converge on the grounds of Skinner Park, San Fernando tomorrow when cultural activist Junior Bisnath attempts to enter into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most Moko Jumbies ever assembled in one place at the same time. The record for the most stilt walkers in one place now stands at 959 and was created in September 2011 by students in the Netherlands.

Over the last few months, Bisnath founder/leader of the San Fernando School of the Arts, Sport and Culture has been hard at work training more stilt walkers from all over the country as he goes after the world record. He is hoping to attract as many as 2,017 stilt walkers for the occasion. Many of the stilt walkers from both home and abroad who trained under him are also expected to join in. Apart from the attempting the record breaking feat, it’s Bisnath’s novel way to celebrate his 60th birthday and also his retirement from the Ministry of Works. Speaking with Newsday yesterday, Bisnath said the support for the event has been tremendous. He said: “I am really happy and thankful for everything.” At noon tomorrow, hundreds of Moko Jumbies will assemble on Harris Promenade to begin the walk to Skinner Park where the numbers will be counted, recorded and later submitted for verification. Masqueraders, calypsonians and steelbands will also join in the carnival styled event.

“We want to create history so all are invited to witness the moment” a confident Bisnath said.

Moko Jumbies will be dressed in national colors.

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