Huge Utah Nativity Scene Breaks Guinness Record

CBS Las Vegas

PROVO, Utah (AP) — More than 1,000 people dressed as angels, wise men and religious royalty gathered at a park in Provo, Utah, and set a new Guinness record for the largest live nativity scene.

The event on Monday featured a variety of performers who made videos posted on YouTube. It is also expected to serve as a backdrop for a music video.

Guinness World Record judge Michael Empric determined there were 1,039 participants in the production, along with a camel, donkey and sheep, the Daily Herald of Provo reported.

That tops the record of 898 people last year at a nativity scene in the United Kingdom.

Organizers, however, said breaking the record was secondary to emphasizing religious faith over Christmas-season shopping.

“We wanted to do it simply to show the world what Christmas is all about,” said Derral Eves, one of the producers. “It is not all the…

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