Guinness Book of World Records in Niagara Falls for solar eclipse

The goal is to have the greatest number of people dressed up as the sun at one time. Photo Credit: CIty of Niagara Falls

The April 8, 2024, solar eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. It will be, in fact, the only time that a complete solar eclipse will be visible in the Greater Toronto Area since 1925 and until 2124. With the event now a mere three days away, the Guinness Book of World Records will be coming to Niagara Falls to see if another global record can be broken in the city. 

Clark Bernat currently serves as the Senior Manager of Culture at the City of Niagara Falls. He spoke to The Niagara Independent about the upcoming eclipse and the involvement of the Guinness Book of World Records.  

“It all started a couple of months ago when our team came together and were brainstorming what we could do for the solar eclipse,” said Bernat. “We were just throwing ideas around in the very early stages, and the Guinness idea was the one that stuck!” 

Bernat says that The Guinness Book of World Records has developed a strong relationship with the city of Niagara Falls over the years, through memorable moments with local attractions such as Great Wolf Lodge and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. This time, however, the goal is to have the greatest number of people dressed up as the sun at one time. The current record, of 287 people, was accomplished in December 2020 by the China Life Insurance Company Limited. 

“If we can get 300 people dressed wearing a sun costume and black pants, we can absolutely break this record,” Bernat stated with great confidence. “At this point, the focus is having the required number of people registered, stressing the need to show up on time, getting everyone into a silly costume, and onto the Niagara City Cruises boat. The biggest risk is always that people may register but then not show up at all, or arrive too late.” 

When asked what breaking the record would mean for the city, Bernat had some key thoughts to share. 

“It is a unique way to deliberately celebrate a unique day in a unique location,” Bernat said. “It’s just another one of those silly little things that brings a smile and makes everyone feel good. Pictures of people in sun costumes having fun is a great image!” 

Those interested in obtaining more information about the initiative or registering to take part are invited to do so at the following webpage:          

2024 Solar Eclipse Guinness World Record Attempt – City of Niagara Falls 


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