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In Pictures: 30 Years Of Michael Jackson's Thriller

Last updated on: December 4, 2012 19:04 IST

Image: Prison inmates in Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Phillipines
Photographs: Victor Kintanar/Reuters

It was 30 years ago when Michael Jackson's iconic Thriller video was released.

What followed was a worldwide frenzy that has travelled through generations and decades.

The first music video ever made, Thriller released on December 2, 1982, is often hailed as the most influential pop music video of all time and holds a significant place in popular culture.

Here then, is a look at how MJ fans worldwide have strived to keep the late legend's legacy alive:

In 2007, more than 1500 inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center performed on the song as part of their morning exercise routine in Cebu City.

Clips of the prisoners grooving in harmony to Thriller created a stir on the internet and has clocked over 51 million views since it was posted on Youtube.

Thriller in Mexico

Image: MJ's fans dance to Thriller on his 51st birthday in Mexico
Photographs: Henry Romero/Reuters

Michael Jackson impersonator Hector Jackson (centre) dances with thousands of other fans to Thriller in celebration of the singer's 51st birth anniversary in Mexico City August 29, 2009.

Over 12,000 fans danced to the iconic song at the event, breaking a Guinness world record.

Chris Brown

Image: Chris Brown
Photographs: Kieran Doherty/Reuters

Pop star Chris Brown performed Thriller during the World Music Awards at Earl's Court in London on November 15, 2006.

Halloween parade

Image: New Yorkers perform on Thriller for Halloween parade
Photographs: Daniel Aguilar/Reuters
A dance group performs Michael Jackson's Thriller video in the Greenwich Village Halloween parade in New York in October, 2009.

The LGBT community

Image: Parade revellers
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters
Revellers perform Thriller during the 32th annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras parade in central Sydney in February 2010.

More than 10,000 revellers participated in the parade that was attended by more than 500,000 people according to local authorities.

For charity

Image: Dancer in Vancouver, Canada
Photographs: Andy Clark/Reuters
People dressed as zombies dance to Thriller in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia in October 2010.

Some 300 dancers took part as part a fund raiser for the local Food Bank.