VIDEO: Happy in Baltimore's video tribute to 1916

April 11th, 2016 12:44 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

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THE innovative people down in Baltimore have once more launched a video of their village – this time as a tribute to 1916.

The group 'went viral' a few years ago with their unique take on the Pharrell Williams hit 'Happy', when locals turned out in droves to film a unique PR video for their coastal village.

They also gained a huge amount of attention with the knitted beards initiative, which garnered them a Guinness World Record, and now their latest video shows the group dancing around the village square, in period costume, to mark the 1916 centenary.

The video was shot on Good Friday when a ceili was held outside the landmark Bushe's pub and Jolie Brise restaurant.

'Each year the happy team get together to do a community project to get everyone out and learning a new skill in a fun way,' says Happy in Baltimore member Sharon Rose.

'It all started three years ago when the guys did a dance video to Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'. Last year the community got together to learn knitting and crocheting in a fun interactive way by making beards,' she added.

'This year's project theme was 1916 and we wanted to put in key elements of the era, like dancing at the crossroads. We put on the event on Good Friday at 5pm and had young and old out dancing. In the weeks leading up to it, we learned set dancing and the Charleston, and more. On the day we had American flat-foot dancing with a fabulous fiddler, and we also had singing and the Proclamation was read to end the event.'

Here is the video of the lead-up to the Guinness World Record for knitted beards:



And their iconic 'take' on the Pharrell Williams hit is here, filmed and edited by Colin Hickey:



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