Want to join a conga line for a shot at the book of Guinness World Records?
Then Susanne Arbanas and Mike Sales want you for the First Conga on the Beach.
So does Bob Bartelt, the mayor of Bradenton Beach.
“It’s going to be fun,” said the retired Milwaukee firefighter.
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That’s what Arbanas and Sales had in mind when they brainstormed the Easter weekend event to be held April 23 on the beach behind Moose Lodge 2188 near the Bridge Street roundabout.
“Mike and I just started talking about doing something that hasn’t been done before,” said Arbanas, owner of Anna Maria Island Concierge Services. “Something that doesn’t take up a whole day. Something fun for people who will be here already enjoying the island. Something creative. Something out of the box.”
A conga line fit the bill, said Sales, a popular singer/guitarist on AMI.
“It’s just an easy thing to do,” he said. “You don’t have to teach anybody. It’s easy, it’s infectious. Conga is a way to do something good for the community, get involved, show Bradenton Beach as a fun place to be.”
The Guinness record for a conga line was set in Miami’s Little Havana.
A whopping 119,986 people did the conga along Calle Ocho (Eight Street) on March 13, 1998.
What Arbanas and Sales have in mind won’t come close to that, but it has record potential for good reason -- it will be on sand and Guinness doesn’t have a record for that.
“They said they’d have to create a category, but they love the idea,” Arbanas said.
So did the mayor.
“It’s a good-natured, light-hearted event and it’s getting closer to the end of the season. Why not?” Bartelt said.
Will he conga?
“I usually beg off, but I’m sure I will,” he said.
Volunteers and sponsors are needed, Arbanas said.
The event is free, but any donations will go toward a campaign to make Manatee County Animal Services a “no kill” agency.