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.