The city of Pasadena broke the record for the number of mariachis playing in a single location on Sunday, hosting a performance by 566 musicians at the Rose Bowl.
The five-minute serenade, staged during halftime of the Mexico vs. Panama match of the 2013 Gold Cup, beat the previous record set three years ago, when 555 mariachis appeared at a conference in Tucson. Guinness World Records officials were at the stadium to mark the new record, said Pasadena city spokesman William Boyer.
The performance was staged to honor the Gold Cup teams and celebrate the renovation of the Rose Bowl. The hundreds of violinists, trumpeters and other musicians performed the Ranchera classic “Cielito Lindo,” Boyer said.
“The crowd was singing it with them,” he added.
The mariachis also sang "El Son de la Negra" before the show concluded.
Organizers had been hoping to gather as many as 600 mariachis for the event. On hand for the performance were Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilman Victor Gordo and boxer Oscar de la Hoya.
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