On March 17, 2011, 224 people broke the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest assembly of people dressed in Leprechaun costumes, nearly half of which were supplied by Costume SuperCenter. It was organized by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The leprechaun category is new at Guinness so instead of breaking a record they had to set one by fulfilling a specific set of criteria. They said that there must be a minimum of 200 leprechauns and that every costume must consist of a green coat, green or black trousers, a beard, top hat, and appropriate footwear. The participants arrived at the studio in the morning, where wardrobe gave them their costumes and make up artists applied their fake beards, ears and some even had their hair sprayed red. They were counted one-by-one as they entered the green room, and had to remain together in this location for 10 minutes in order for the record to be official. The countdown and World Record presentation was featured on the show. By the way, how appropriate was it that this took place in the “green room?”
What a great way to spend a St. Patrick’s Day. It was great to see so many happy Leprechauns, dressed in our costumes. We were glad to be a part of this new world record. Everybody looked like they had fun and our Leprechaun costumes looked amazing. I hope that there was a good Irish Pub near Jay Leno’s Tonight Show studio for all those Leprechauns to celebrate after the show.