3,500 Smurfs Gather to Break World Record Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

Johnny Lopez
March 12, 2020 - 10:40 am

The coronavirus outbreak can’t stop the Smurfs.

Thousands of people in France donned blue body paint and white hats in order to break the world record for the largest gathering of Smurfs.

Despite concerns of the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe, 3549 individuals in their best Smurf cosplay turned up in the town of Landerneau, France to set the Guinness World Record, according to Agence France-Presse.

In a video provided by AFP, the blue-hued participants can be seen laughing and dancing and seemingly having a carefree time. How do you sing "La la la-la la la" in French?

"We figured we wouldn't worry, and that as French people we wouldn't give up on our attempt to break the record," one wannabe Smurf said in the clip. "Now we're champions of the world ... there's no risk. We're going to Smurferize the coronavirus!"

The event even had the backing of town’s mayor Patrick Leclerc, who defended the crowds.

"We must not stop living. .. it was the chance to say that we are alive," Leclerc said.

Despite putting themselves in potential danger, the French Smurfs came out victorious and beat last year’s Guiness World Record, which saw 2,762 people come together in blue solidarity in Germany.

One day after snagging the Smurf crown, France banned all gatherings of more than 1000 people in hopes of curtailing the spread of the virus.

France has over 2,200 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 48 deaths since the start of the epidemic, according to the Financial Times.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization officially labeled the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

“The Smurfs” began as a Belgian comic franchise and was later adapted into a popular animated television series in the ‘80s.

In 2011, a similarly titled live-action big screen version was released and its sequel, “The Smurfs 2,” followed in 2013.

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