You can keep your dancin' shoes on, but this Sunday, you won't need them at Windward Beach in Brick Township. The Ocean County Columbus Day Committee's bid to create the world's largest Tarantella dance will wait until temperatures are more agreeable.

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The blistering heat wave has us in its grip until at least Monday. Grand Chairman Michael Blandina has too much of a conscience to subject anyone to five minutes of lively Italian dancing for five full minutes in the broiling sun - or one of the scattered thunderstorms we're expecting.

"My car thernometer's registering 104," Blandina told us Friday afternoon at about 2 PM. "I can't ask people to dance in this!"

The stunt has a twofold purpose - to enter the Guinness Book of World Records (a group in Germany actually holds this record), and to support the Committee's expenses for the annual Columbus Day weekend parade and festival, centered in Seaside Heights.

The goal is to gather at least 317 hoofers onto the beach for one, big, five-minute version of an Italian wedding rave-up.

There will be a reschedule date, but that's still up in the air. "The Guinness people neet as many as 12 weeks to coordinate dates and events," Blandina said. "That would bring us to near the end of October. I don't think people want to do this while they're freezing, any more than they do while they're sweating. Perhaps next Spring would be better."

When the date is re-set, we'll be sure to keep you apprised. Meanwhile, it gives all the last-minute enrollees extra time to register.

Call Michael at 732-477-6507, or visit the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade web page.

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