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Jackson Fans in Riverside Set B-Day Weekend Record for 'Thriller' Dance

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Fans of the late Michael Jackson gathered yesterday in front of the Riverside County Courthouse to do the "Thriller" dance made popular in the 1980s by the pop icon, according to

At least 1,257 participants were signed up, which was not a US record, but set a record for California. However, more people showed up who were not signed in, and organizers estimate the crowd of dancers was about 1,600--still not enough to beat the ghoulish dancing feet of the fans in West Bend, Wisconsin.

A similar event, Thrill the World, is held around Halloween; last year they broke the previous record when "22,596 people danced in 32 countries" to Jackson's tune. This weekend's event in Riverside was timed to coincide with Jackson's birthday. He would have been 52 today.