On Sunday, Santa Barbarans big and small had a chance to join the ranks of true immortality: breaking a Guinness World Record. All they had to do was walk backward for six and a half blocks on State Street, from Canon Perdido to a half block past Micheltorena. More than a thousand people participated in the attempt on Sunday — 1,057 people, to be exact.  The current record, set in India in 2014, stands at 1,107 people. Victory was close, but Santa Barbara was ultimately unsuccessful. Maybe next year.

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