GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — LaughFest kicked off Thursday night.
The community kickoff to the 10-day festival was scheduled to take place at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, but due to weather it was moved inside Fountain Street Church.
Organizers had hoped to break the Guinness World Record for the most people wearing paper crowns at the event, but didn’t get a large enough crowd. They needed 1,325 people, but the official count came in at 489.
That means the world record remains held by participants at the Sathya Diabetic Centre, at Kanchipuram in Tamilnadu, India.
LaughFest had broken four consecutive Guinness World Records in downtown Grand Rapids. In 2014, 1,675 people set the record for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark.
The evening will wrap up with a free comedy preview show at the Pyramid Scheme at 10 p.m. This show will include a sneak peak of local, regional and national comedians who will be featured during the 10-day festival. A suggested $5 donation to Gilda’s Club will be collected at the door.
George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, and Patton Oswalt are among some of the headlining artists to perform at the 2015 Gilda’s LaughFest which runs March 5 through 15.
Proceeds from LaughFest will go to support the free cancer, grief, and emotional health programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.