4382 5567 silly people (including me) who registered and met up to participate in this event.
Awesome. Absolutely awesome.
(Update: pictures added)
Trafalgar Square was completely filled with people with coconuts.
BFI showed some black and white comedy on the big screen while we were waiting for the whole thing to start. It was some well chosen comedy with a lot of horses. Every time a horse was in sight the whole square started coconuting which was hilarious.
There were knights with coconuts, posh gentlemen in sharp suits with coconuts, children with coconuts, tourists with coconuts, geeks with coconuts, Monty Pythons addicts with coconuts, Englishmen, Scots, Dutch, Italians, Indians, Chinese people with coconuts.
They showed clips of Michael Palin with the instruction video of the Ministry of Food (not sure this was the title …), where he explains how to prepare your coconut and how to bang them together.
If that wasn’t clear enough, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam were there live on stage to instruct us how to coconut!
The cast of the Spamalot musical was there to warm up us, and the conducter of the Spamalot orchestra was conducting us through the world record attempt.
The actual attempt was done on “Always look on the bright side of life”. We sung the lyrics, and clip-a-di-clopped our coconuts on the whistling parts of the song.
Hearing 5567 people singing that particular song, in the middle of London, accompanying it with coconuts – it’s one of the most beautiful and funniest things I have ever been to.
Oh, and we beat New York (they had the old record with a pathetically 1785 people) by a mile!
Some (pocket camera) pictures: