This Texas school district holds the Guinness record for the greatest homecoming mom


Few things scream Texas more than a homecoming mom.

Once a modest bodice adorned with a few chrysanthemums, mum has become one of the most eccentric traditions in the state.

As any Texan knows, moms are no longer modest, now often adorned with sequins, bells, ribbons, stuffed animals, trinkets and LED lights.

“Wearing a mom back is like becoming a life-size parade float,” The Dallas Morning News explained in 2016.

So it’s no surprise that a school district in North Texas holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest homecoming mom.

Last year, Arlington ISD’s Special Education Department set out to create World’s Greatest Mom while recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which occurs in October.

The team created a pink and white mummy with a plywood base, wrapped in ribbons, flowers and a teddy bear. It was 22 feet long.

At just over 11 square meters, this mum broke the previous Guinness World Record of 6.5 square meters.

More than a dozen staff members spent 50 hours building the masterpiece in an alley over the summer. Some of the materials, including approximately 450 yards of ribbon, were recycled from past departmental events.

Staff from the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington then measured and certified the specifications of the mother.

Mom had a hanger attached, but good luck wearing the massive piece.

The Arlington ISD Special Education Department has set a Guinness World Record for the tallest homecoming mom.(Arlington ISD)

How did the mothers understand?

By the 1930s, mums had become a traditional fall flower in the United States, and movie stars often wore them. The floral industry began to promote flowers as football game corsages. In the 1940s, mums were beloved by Texans and became more elaborate over the following decades.

How much do they cost nowadays?

Returning moms can cost anywhere from $30 to $500, depending on whether you want to buy your own supplies from a craft store or buy from a florist, according to a Plano moms website.

How do they work?

Traditionally, a boy and a girl planning to go to the reunion together would swap their mothers. But the rules have relaxed. Now teens can create their own mommies or wear mommies from their friends, dates, parents. Really, anything goes.


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