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Leprechaun bid for Echuca Celtic Festival

Next month's Celtic Festival organisers are hoping to set a new Guinness world record for the most number of people dressed as leprechuans in one place.

TRENT HORNEMAN January 29, 2014 4:04am

Tiffany Graham, Kirsty Read, Ty Read and Chrissy Ryan hope to be among 2014 leprechauns at the Echuca Moama Celtic Festival in March.

A crowd of leprechauns could put Echuca-Moama on the world map.

Celtic Festival organisers are hoping to set a new Guinness world record for the most number of people dressed as leprechauns in one place.

In order for the festival to break the world record, it would need 1264 people dressed in a green top hat, green waist coat, black pants, shoes and red beard.

Echuca-Moama Show Society has taken control of the festival this year.

President Peter White said the rules for the world record were simple.

‘‘People are to be dressed in full costume, consisting of a green top hat, green waist coat, black pants, appropriate shoes and of course a red beard,’’ he said.

‘‘Participants are asked to congregate and stand together for five minutes to break the current record.’’

Mr White said he hoped the world record attempt would become an annual event.

‘‘A place in Ireland called Bandon holds the world record and they have challenged us to break it,’’ Mr White said.

The people of Bandon gathered in a town street for St Patrick’s Day in 2012 to set the record.

Mr White said in light of it being 2014, organisers wanted to have 2014 people dressed as leprechauns.

Festival publicity officer Kirsty Read said the Echuca-Moama Celtic Festival had set an ambitious target.

‘‘What could be more different than 2000-plus leprechauns running around town,’’ she said.

‘‘We aim to turn Echuca-Moama green, break the record and get the Echuca-Moama Celtic Festival on the international celtic festival map.

‘‘We aim to make this a local community event that also draws the international crowd. We want to make the festival a success.’’

Mr White said he wanted locals to get behind the festival and the world record attempt, with plenty of volunteer labour needed to help the event become a success.

‘‘With 2014 being the first year the Celtic festival will be held with the new format and a new venue, organisers were looking for something different and new to give the festival a new lease of life,’’ he said.

Mr White said the festival could also host a Gaelic football match at the showground during the festival.

The Echuca-Moama Celtic Festival will be on March 14 to 16 at Echuca showgrounds.

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