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Hundreds of Twerking New Yorkers Set Guinness World Record in Herald Square

By  Nicole Bode and Ben Fractenberg | September 25, 2013 1:25pm | Updated on September 25, 2013 1:51pm

 New Orleans-based performer Big Freedia hosted a record-breaking twerking session in Herald Square, Sept. 25, 2013.
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HERALD SQUARE — Miley Cyrus, eat your heart out.

Hundreds of New Yorkers got their twerk on in Herald Square Wednesday afternoon for the "Record-Breaking Booty-Shaking" dance mob — in a bid to set a Guinness World Record for the most people doing the dance move at once.

Hosted by New Orleans bounce performer Big Freedia, the afternoon gathering drew 358 people to the tiny triangle at the northern end of Herald Square at noon on Wednesday.

The group needed 250 dancers to set the Guinness record.

"This is all possible because of New York today," Big Freedia shouted at the crowd, after demonstrating a twerk move to show the audience how it's done.

The event was organized by Fuse TV, which is about to unveil a new show about Big Freedia.

Twerking in Herald Square
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Riley Curran, 26, a street performer from Bushwick, said he had to go to the event to see it for himself.

"When you pay so much to live in the city, you've got to do this strange stuff," said Curran, who added that the all-ages crowd — which included kids and women old enough to be their grandmothers — made the event even better.

"The grandma made it for me," he said.

Naleja, 17, a student at the LIM College fashion school, ran over to the event after classes.

"Everyone twerks in the world — even grandma," said Naleja.