There is a new record for most hugs given/received in one day. It was set by Teddy "McHuggin" in Las Vegas this past Valentine's Day. He gave out 7,777 hugs in a full 24 hour period. Hugs record set in Vegas | Press Release Not bad. That comes out to: 324.04 hugs per hour 5.4 hugs per minute This seems like it would definitely be beatable. 5.4 hugs per minute doesn't seem all that hard, especially if you found a really crowded place and got the right publicity.