Dublin, Ireland -- Ireland broke the Guinness World Record Saturday when 1,693 people from 44 countries gathered on the banks of the River Liffey to perform the Riverdance-The Gathering Longest Line.
The event was watched by an audience of thousands, who lined the quays from Samuel Beckett Bridge to the Sean O'Casey Bridge, cheering on the participants as they danced into the record books. The previous record of 652 people dancing in a continuous line was held by Nashville, Tennessee.
The participants, who gathered from as far away as Mexico, Uzbekistan and Japan to take part in this once in a lifetime event, were led in their performance by Jean Butler and 100 members of the Riverdance troupe.
Following a starting signal provided by the LE Niamh, the Irish Navy ship, the banks of the Liffey came alive to the iconic sounds of Bill Whelan's Riverdance, and the dancers began the very special Riverdance-The Gathering performance, and in doing so set a new Guinness World Record.
Members of approximately 163 overseas Irish dance schools from 31 countries were some of those who travelled to take part in the event, a testament to the influence of Riverdance across the globe. To date over 23 million people in over 350 cities have seen Riverdance perform live.