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GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times Daniel Evangelista, 17, dressed as a rooster, Knox Johnson, 16, dressed as Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Rachel Rowland, dressed as a panda, and Luke Evangelista, 15, dressed as Captain America, laugh and joke around before completing "The Big Hug" near Tropicana Field on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Big Hug, an event organized by a group of kids from the Tampa Bay area, is a worldwide attempt to to break the record for largest group hug in St. Petersburg. The group joined simultaneous hugs from around the country, and held the hug for 10 seconds. A worldwide hug also occurred, where people from Europe, Africa, and Canada participated. The group attempted to set the record for most amount of people hugging in the state of Florida as well.
Published Jan. 21, 2018

GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times

Daniel Evangelista, 17, dressed as a rooster; Knox Johnson, 16, dressed as Stay Puft Marshmallow Man; Rachel Rowland, dressed as a panda; and Luke Evangelista, 15, dressed as Captain America, joke around before completing "the Big Hug" near Tropicana Field on Sunday in St. Petersburg. The Big Hug, an event organized by a group of youths from the Tampa Bay area, is part of a worldwide attempt to break the record for the largest group hug. The group joined simultaneous hugs around the country, and held the hug for 10 seconds. A worldwide hug also occurred, where people from Europe, Africa and Canada participated. The group attempted to set the record for largest number of people hugging in the state of Florida as well.

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