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Yup, Philly's got soul and a world record to prove it

Philadelphia’s got soul and an official certificate from the Guinness World Records to prove it.

Yup, Philly's got soul and a world record to prove it

Philadelphia broke the Soul Train Line Guinness World Record at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in February. The certificate was awarded to organizer Sheila Simmons Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (SARAH J. GLOVER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Philadelphia broke the Soul Train Line Guinness World Record at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in February. The certificate was awarded to organizer Sheila Simmons Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (SARAH J. GLOVER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Philadelphia’s got soul and an official certificate from the Guinness World Records to prove it.

Mayor Nutter accepted the certificate today in City Hall from 100.3 WRNB-FM Radio which spearheaded the event for the largest Soul Train Dance where 291 participants boogied near the Art Museum in February setting a new world record. Guinness World Records notified organizers in December that Philly had beat the previous record.

“Obviously we have a lot of challenges going on in our city and we have for some time, but in the midst of all of that sometimes you just have to take a moment and acknowledge and celebrate just some true Philadelphia love peace and soul,” Nutter said.

The previous world record of 211 dancers was set by students at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nutter and other local leaders like Rep. Bob Brady were among the participants who danced at the bottom of the Art Museum steps. 

“You could feel the beauty that day,” Nutter said. “The whole city just came together in a moment.”

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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