Commercial artist Harvey Ball created World Smile Day in 1999, dedicating each October 4 to being kind and making people smile. The current world record for the largest human smiley face—i.e. one formed by people en masse, as seen from above—is held by a university in India, which gathered 3,737 people. The franchise system anticipates up to 5,000 people will assemble at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park for the attempt.
“This is a rare opportunity for people to participate in breaking a world record,” says Tressa Wood, CEO of Men In Kilts. “We are anticipating a great turnout.”
The event will take place on October 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. MST. Participants must be over the age of 12, as the event may require 15 to 30-minute periods of standing with no access to washrooms. Tickets are $10, with proceeds going to Alberta flood relief efforts and WinSport, an organization that helps train local winter athletes. Participants will receive a yellow poncho when they arrive, which they will wear to form the giant yellow smiley icon. Parking is free.
For more information, visit meninkilts.eventbrite.ca.