Thousands attempt underwear world record bid in New York's Times Square

Crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of the scantily-clad, future world record breakers.
Crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of the scantily-clad, future world record breakers. Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Thousands of people gathered in New York's world-famous Times Square last night, dressed down to their underwear, to celebrate National Underwear Day - and to try to write their names in the history books.

Partygoers meet and greet one another in New York.
Partygoers meet and greet one another in New York. Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The mass gathering of people were attempting to break a Guinness World Record for having the most scantily-clad partygoers in one place - in an effort to beat Salt Lake City’s Utah Undie Run of 2011.

Mass crowds participated in the event held in Times Square.
Mass crowds participated in the event held in Times Square. Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Several local media outlets threw their weight behind the record attempt in an event which also celebrated self-confidence and body image.

A man joins the Guinness Book of Records attempt in New York.
A man joins the Guinness Book of Records attempt in New York. Credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES