LaughFest breaks record for sunglasses in dark

Sunglasses are handed out for LaughFest's world record attempt. (March 6, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gilda’s LaughFest has broken the Guinness World Record for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark.

People wear sunglasses in the dark to set a world record for LaughFest. (March 6, 2014)Guinness World Records says the current mark was set in July 2012 by 1,642 people at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the Associated Press reports.  LaughFest spokesman Tyler Lecceadone says the group’s count shows that 1,675 people wore sunglasses Thursday night.

The record was broken on the second attempt — the first time around, LaughFest was about 100 people short.

LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting attempts for donning false mustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens.

LaughFest provided sunglasses to the first 2,500 people who came to Rosa Parks Circle for Thursday’s event at 6 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids.

People wear sunglasses in the dark to set a world record for LaughFest. (March 6, 2014)24 Hour News 8’s Amanda Jarrett spoke to Festival Director Joanne Roehm about the world record attempt and about the acts coming for LaughFest.

“We are incredibly lucky in Grand Rapids to have such great organizations and a cultural arts scene. We have some incredible local talent here right in Grand Rapids and West Michigan as a whole and all of them have come out to perform during LaughFest,” said Roehm.

More information on how you can purchase tickets is available on the LaughFest website. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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