German Folk Festival Breaks Record for Dirndl and Lederhosen
German town makes it into the Guinness book of records.
The Bavarian town of Beilngries has broken the record for the number of people appearing dressed in traditional costume, with 3,414 people turning up in dirndl and lederhosen for the Trachtenweltrekord attempt at the town’s recent folk festival.
The previous record was 3,134 people, set earlier in the year by the town of Kempten, also in Bavaria.
In order to be counted, people had to be correctly dressed in traditional German clothing. The count was officially double-checked.
Men had to be dressed in lederhosen, or leather shorts, long socks, special collared shirts, and waistcoats or jackets, but knitted jackets or waistcoats that had a traditional look were also accepted.
Women had to turn up in embroidered dirndl outfits, blouses and aprons.
Of course, the true holder of the record should be the Oktoberfest beer festival in the Bavarian capital Munich, experts say, for the sheer numbers turning out in traditional costume.