RELIGION

More than 1,000 people gather in Utah, break Guinness record for largest nativity scene

  • In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, more than 1,000 participants gather at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest recreation of a live Nativity scene. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT;  MAGS OUT

    In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, more than 1,000 participants gather at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest recreation of a live Nativity scene. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, more than 1,000 participants gather at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest recreation of a live Nativity scene. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT;  MAGS OUT

    In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, more than 1,000 participants gather at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest recreation of a live Nativity scene. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, more than 1,000 participants gather at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest recreation of a live Nativity scene. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT;  MAGS OUT

    In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, more than 1,000 participants gather at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest recreation of a live Nativity scene. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

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

The gathering 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.

The Daily Herald of Provo reports (http://bit.ly/1FJW2h8 ) that a Guinness World Record judge determined there were 1,039 participants in the production that also included a camel, donkey and sheep.

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

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