Ballincollig Cork princesses set for crowning glory in record books

Three Cork royals take time out to show us their princess poses. Picture: Ailish Murph

An Irish town is set to be crowned with a special world record after 771 princesses paraded along its main street on St Patrick’s Day.

The organisers of the event in Ballincollig, Co Cork, are now hoping that the Disney corporation may send congratulations after their Frozen-inspired gathering beat the previous world record held by a leisure park in England.

Disney sent its congratulations to Basildon’s Festival Leisure Park in Essex last May when it amassed the then world’s largest gathering of 351 princesses, which was timed to coincide with the release of Disney’s movie, Maleficent.

But following Ballincollig’s inspired decision to tap into the frenzy around Disney’s latest smash-hit animation, Frozen, they registered 771 Princess Elsas, and a range of other princesses, in the town centre, ahead of their parade on Tuesday.

One of the parade organisers, Emer Cassidy, said they could have registered more, but were under pressure to start the parade on time.

“There were lots more princesses gathered on the town’s Time Square for registration but we just didn’t have the time to register everyone who turned up dressed as a princess,” Ms Cassidy said.

“We had to get the parade started at 3pm and unfortunately, we just didn’t get to everyone.”

The cold didn’t bother the princesses who then marched through the main street as part of the parade. An estimated crowd of 20,000 lining the route cheered wildly when it was officially announced that the town had smashed the previous world record. It is not recorded how many ‘funky-looking donkeys’ were present.

Gardaí, who oversaw the registration process, have now stamped the register of names of those who took part.

The document was in safe- keeping last night and will be forwarded to the Guinness World Records headquarters in London, along with supporting photographic and video evidence over the coming days, for official assessment.

Ms Cassidy said she hopes to have the record officially rubberstamped and sanctioned within weeks.

The parade organising committee is now busy fundraising to help pay for Tuesday’s parade — its largest ever and one of the largest in the county.

The committee is due to meet for a debriefing session to learn lessons from the event, and to begin planning for next year.


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