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Preview: Big Freedia at the Howlin’ Wolf Fri., Jan. 8 

The bounce queen is joined by Mia X, 3D Na’Tee, Rebirth Brass Band and others

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Photo by Cheryl Gerber

In the maelstrom of queenly activity that is the public life of Big Freedia — bounce music grand marshal, reality TV star, memoir author and forthcoming Krewe du Vieux monarch — perhaps you missed this fantastic tidbit: She's the official Guinness World Records holder (along with 405 others, ages 8-80) for Most People Twerking Simultaneously. The "ass-shaking, record-breaking" feat went down on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in midtown Manhattan, with Guinness adjudicator Charlie Weisman drawing the plum assignment of laying out the "twerking rubric": upright back (duh), upward and downward motion in only the hips (as in "lift with your back," you never twerk with your knees), absolutely no freestyling (see Miley Cyrus' careless whisper of "never gonna twerk again" for penalties), a minimum of two minutes ("That felt like a really, really long two minutes," a Fuse MC noted). The goal to beat was 250 twerkers — an arbitrary figure that might have been bested at any number of Melpomene block parties, but whatever. To much jubilation, they did it. Weisman declined to participate ("I have strict instructions today: Do not twerk while you work"), so New York City knows whom to blame if 407 people at this Celebrity Capricorn Bash simultaneously get, as one participant at the event instructed, "loose in the middle ... like pudding." Tickets $10 in advance, $20 at the door.

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