They covered the blue paint, wearing red and white hats, almost 3000. Their purpose was simple: to break the world record for the largest group of people dressed in the sunglasses.
The Dä Traditionsverein group organized an event in Lauringen, Germany, on Saturday at the border with Switzerland. They had strict rules: in order to count them, the participants could not show any blue skin. They could dress like Papa Smurf – with its branded red lid and white beard – or Smurfette, with light hair and a white skirt or dress. Normal smurfs were OK, too – but some characters, like the evil wizard Gargamel, were strictly out of bounds.
The group posted on Facebook, with 2,762 Smurfs.
The German Book Institution has checked this number on its website. They even provided a certificate for the participants.
Guinness Records have not yet confirmed the feat. A permanent record is held by a group of 2,510 people in the UK in 2009. Dä Traditionsverein first attempted to break this record in 2016. In a total of 6,330 items, Gerda Sheuers from Ripon, Wisconsin has set a record for the largest collection of memorabilia of Smurf themes in 2014.