Buffalo city parks mark 150 years with 1,500 pink flamingos on their lawn — a record
Buffalo's Olmsted Parks system used their 150th anniversary as an excuse to set a world record.
They placed 1,500 plastic flamingo lawn ornaments on Bidwell Parkway in a line exactly 2018 feet long.
Sea of PINK here on Bidwell Parkway as 1500 lawn flamingos have invaded in an attempt to break the #GuinnessWorldRecord for most lawn flamingos touching in a line. #FLOmingos is helping celebrate 150 years of @bfloparks ! @SPECNewsBuffalo pic.twitter.com/NCw4t9MF7R— Maura Christie (@maurachristieTV) June 21, 2018
Iconic landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was the designer of Buffalo's parks and parkways so officials incorporated his initials into the event — FLOmingos On Parade.
Guinness World Records certified the record.
Coincidently, they set the record on National Selfie Day so visitors took advantage of the opportunity:
Sharing #NationalSelfieDay with the 1500 flamingos in a line celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted in Buffalo. #FLOmingos @bfloparks Think they'll let me be the 1,501st flamingo? I blend right in! pic.twitter.com/xTqgaEQAea— Monica Manney (@manney_monica) June 21, 2018
Here's a fun run through the line during setup:
The previous record was held by Pledge the Pink of Callawassie Island, South Carolina, which lined up 1,058 flamingos in 2016, reports the Associated Press.
Buffalo residents were invited to take the birds and display them at home.