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Organizers say record-setting drag queen story time reading kicks off Philadelphia Pride Month

The event, hosted by the Philadelphia Gay News and sponsored by Visit Philadelphia, saw Philadelphia drag performers reading children鈥檚 stories to 263 people, which organizers said was a first-ever Guinness World Record for such an event.

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PHILADELPHIA (蘑菇影院) 鈥 Organizers of a drag queen story time reading at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia say several hundred people helped establish a world record for attendance at such an event to kick off Pride Month celebrations in the birthplace of America.

The event Saturday, hosted by the Philadelphia Gay News and sponsored by Visit Philadelphia, saw Philadelphia drag performers reading children鈥檚 stories to 263 people, which organizers said was a first-ever Guinness World Record in the category.

Performers read to an audience of adults and children from 鈥淗ello, Philadelphia!鈥 by Martha Day Zschock, 鈥溾橳was the Night Before Pride鈥 by Joanna McClintick, 鈥淓lmer鈥 by David Mckee, 鈥淭he Family Book鈥 by Todd Parr and 鈥淜evin the Unicorn: It鈥檚 Not All Rainbows鈥 by Jessika von Innerebner, organizers said.

Mark Segal, publisher of Philadelphia Gay News, said in a statement that 鈥渃reating history-making moments like we鈥檝e done today, hosted on land synonymous with our country鈥檚 fight for fundamental rights and freedom, serves as a powerful reminder of the resiliency, talent and culture that make up the fabric of our great American city.鈥

A message was sent earlier to Guinness representatives seeking comment. The Guinness site has a June 2023 story about a record for the most people attending a drag brunch with 412 attendees in Brooklyn, New York.