Coconut-wielding fans seek Guinness 'Grail'


LONDON -- Trafalgar Square will soon be ringing with the clip-clop of coconut shells as a throng will attempt to break a world record in a nod to English humor and the comedy classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

The famous central London location will play host to the Mayor of London's St. George's Day celebrations this month, which will culminate in an open-air screening of "Holy Grail" and an attempt at creating the world's largest-ever "coconut orchestra."

Said Mayor Ken Livingstone: "English comedy is internationally acclaimed, and the Monty Python film screening and the coconut orchestra world record attempt illustrate the uniqueness of English humor."

Organized by the Mayor of London, in association with the BFI, Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd. and "Monty Python's Spamalot," the day will culminate with cast members from "Spamalot" leading a public "clip-clop" coconut clap in time to the Python song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."

That will precede the "coconut orchestra" world-record-breaking attempt, which aims to unseat current record holder New York, where 1,785 people took part in a similar event last year.

London organizers hope at least 2,000 people will help set the record, and the Guinness Book of Records has been invited to verify the number taking part.

Coconuts will be provided, organizers said. The evening will end with a screening of "Holy Grail."