Panama City Beach Breaks World Record with Bikini Parade

By: Kavontae Smalls Email
By: Kavontae Smalls Email

Panama City Beach -- Local tourist leaders wanted to come up with a fun Spring Break promotion that would gain mainstream attention, they did so by ushering in the ‘World’s Largest Bikini Parade’.

A few months ago, the Bay County Tourist Development Council set its sights on beating the previous world record of 357 bikini-clad women set in Australia back in October. Guinness officials came to Panama City Beach Tuesday to ensure the record attempt was legitimate.

“This is not something you see every day, the organization to put this together was incredible” said Philip Robertson, Guinness Adjudicator.

By 11:30 up to 450 women were ready to step into the record books. They walked the parade route from Harpoon Harrys to the Miller Pier and back, which spans about a mile. Spring Breakers from all over the country played a major role in the record breaking efforts. Karly Quinn from Maine says she thinks of the Bikini Parade as patriotic.

“This is the most exciting day of my life, tears were coming out of my eyes, I’m so proud of the United States” said Karly Quinn, Bikini Parade Participant.

When the last participant crossed the finish line, Robertson tallied the numbers and announced the record had been broken.

“With an existing record of 357 set in Surface Paradise, Australia in October 2011, they had a fair target to beat. I’m happy to say they did, 450 people took part and set the new Guinness World Record for Panama City Beach, USA” said Robertson.

“I knew we were going to come to this, but I didn’t know it would be this great. I’m going to be telling so many stories about this” said Amy Pottle, Maine.

Those stories and more will last a lifetime, or at least until someone else tries to break the Bikini Parade world record.


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  • by brian Location: san antonio on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:47 AM
    one of the best beaches in the U.S. great promotion idea. I was glad to here them chanting "USA USA" here in san Antonio that would have been thought to be racist. We need a bikini parade in every major city.
  • by Jessica on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    Tracie, I agree this was a nice clean event, that brought a positive spotlight to the city and it's beaches. There were girls ranged from 3-70, and it was a great way to bring locals and spring breakers together. It's a positive story, and your daughter should be proud to have participated.
  • by Ken Location: USA on Mar 8, 2012 at 07:29 PM
    Wow, good thing we're not in Europe, eh Richard? You would have to look at most of them topless and complain!
  • by Rob Location: America on Mar 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    This probably coming from someone( a loser ) who wouldn't ever have a chance at getting like one of these girls .
  • by Tracie Location: Maine on Mar 8, 2012 at 08:39 AM
    Richard I find your comment very offensive. Because girls wear bathing suits they are tramps? It is 2012 not the 1800's. Karly, who is quoted in this article and is carrying an American flag in many photos of the event is my daughter and she is not a tramp. I am very proud of her!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 04:47 PM in reply to Tracie
      Richard is most likely another one of the born again bible thumpers. I have worked with plenty of those folks over the years. They want to give everyone a strict Christian front, but when you get to know them, they are usually even more judgemental and back stabbing than most average people. They really hate it when you call them out on it too. I used to regularly catch 2 co-workers that claimed to be born agains, talking trash behind peoples backs. I would ask them what their Christian bretherin would have to say about their behavior. All i ever got was silence as they walked away.
  • by Richard Location: Panama City on Mar 7, 2012 at 01:28 PM
    Why would any man want to be with any of these women that every man on the beach has seen what she has and some probably have even more knowledge than that? A man may date a tramp but he wants a lady at the altar!
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