LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — If you happened to glimpse a thousand superheroes on the National Mall during your lunch break, don’t worry. They aren’t here to fight evil, and you aren’t seeing things.

The Museum of Science Fiction (scheduled to open in 2015) and Awesome Con D.C. invited cosplayers to the National Mall in an attempt to break a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters.

The meetup was scheduled for noon at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool.

The current record, 1,530 people, was set on April 19, 2011 at the opening ceremony of the International Animation CCJOY LAND in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Awesome Con on this event and their 2014 convention,” said Greg Viggiano, executive director of the Museum of Science Fiction.

“We share a lot with Awesome Con, including our audience, but it’s our thematic ties of celebrating imagination and the magic of entertainment that truly unites and stimulates our fans. We look forward to seeing at least 1,531 costumed characters in front of the U.S. Capitol.”

An adjudicator from Guinness World Records was on hand to count and qualify all costumed participants. The guidelines stated that the characters must have first appeared in comic books.

When the China record was set, 201 participants failed to be counted into the total, as they were characters from video games, TV shows and story books.

Channel 9 reports that the D.C. group of comic enthusiasts numbered just 237 and, as a result, fell short of breaking the record.

Awesome Con D.C. will be in town, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, through Sunday.


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