New York community wins Guinness Record for largest human shamrock

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A New York community did more than just celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, they broke a world record by creating the world’s largest human shamrock. 

This St. Patrick’s Day, people gathered in an Elmira, New York, park Sunday to create the world’s largest human shamrock. The idea for this record-breaking attempt stemmed from a meteorologist.

Anthony Chiavaroli tells us, “When I brought this idea to them, I didn’t see it happening right away, but the wheels just got in motion and once everything started, it all really just came together. They really like the idea. It got so many likes and shares on social media, just everyone in this area just really came out and it’s just amazing. I’m so impressed by the turnout today.”

People from all over joined in the activity.  Schuyler County Resident Barbara Gray tells us, “I retired and I made a list of things I would like to do while I’m retired and one of them was to try to figure out how to be a part of the Guinness Book of Records and when this opportunity came up, I jumped on it.”

Achieving a world record brought the community together.  Elysburg, PA Resident Marian Chiavaroli tells us, “It’s just something that you would never think you would be a part of and the Guiness Book of World Records is renowned all over the world and so, to be a part of something, it’s kind of awesome. Especially to have a community when, you know, getting here earlier, there were not a whole lot of people and to have over 1,200 people actually showing up was just phenomenal. It’s an awesome feeling.”

Some, including Anthony, hope that this might become a new tradition in the southern tier. He said he hopes they can try to break their own record next year with possibly 2,000 people.

Today’s turn out was larger than 1,200, but there were only that many ponchos.

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