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Little Havana’s street festival sets Guiness world record for largest flag
The Calle Ocho Street Festival, the largest celebration of its kind in the United States, broke its fifth Guinness world record Sunday with a multicolour flag of 250 feet long and 36 feet wide composed of 422 flags from around the world.
More than 100 volunteers carried the flag, folded in the form of a number 1, as a symbol of unity during the Miami festival. Later, they lifted it high for 276 seconds to represent what they said was the number of countries on Earth.
Representatives from Guinness World Records who came to Miami to witness the occasion certified that it was the largest-ever image created by flags, said Lino Fernández, former president of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, which hosts the event.
It was an extraordinary recognition to celebrate the 35th edition of the festival, a Miami tradition that started as an effort by a group of Cuban young adults to make their culture known to the wider American society.
The flag, called “One World” and sewn two weeks ago, was displayed at 2:15 p.m. on Southwest Eighth Street between 24th and 25th avenues. To lift it, 63 poles 10 feet high were used for its perimeter and 25 inside to support it.
“The logistics were very complicated,” said Fernández. “It’s a very heavy flag. You have to take into account the wind and the river of people walking on Calle Ocho.”