GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Gatlinburg rang in the Christmas season with their annual parade Friday night, but there was something a little different about the parade.
Thousands of people packed the streets of downtown Gatlinburg for the 39th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas parade, many of them joining in to help break a world record with Rudolph noses.
American Idol winner and the parade grand marshal Caleb Johnson said he was behind it 100 percent.
“Trying to bust out some you know Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer noses, 20,000 in a span of like 5 minutes which is going to be an incredible task but I think we’re going to be able to do it,” he said.
It was not hard to see the crowd was into it as well. City officials drove down the parkway handing out noses before the parade and hundreds of the noses went within minutes.
“They were stoked. They were super super excited,” said Carrie Washington. She and her family drove up from Alabama for the parade.
The city of Gatlinburg needs video evidence that more than 20,000 people were wearing the noses so they attached go pro cameras to one of the floats hoping to document all of that and hoping to break that record.
Guinness world record officials were monitoring the record-breaking attempt, but it could be a while before we know if they did it.