Student drummers, New York politicians and costumed activists joined Yoko Ono in Central Park Tuesday to "Imagine Peace," but their attempt to set a new world record fell short.

Ono, a performance artist, entertainer and widow of former Beatle John Lennon, co-hosted an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for largest group of human bodies forming a peace sign.

The event was held to honour what would have been the slain Beatle's 75th birthday later this week.

According to a Guinness World Records representative, Tuesday's effort brought together more than 2,000 people.

The current human peace sign world record, set in Ithaca, N.Y., in 2009, stands at 5,814 people.  

More than 6,000 people were expected to gather to participate in the event, which was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET in the park's East Meadow.

Still, the attempt brought together an eclectic mix of people of different ages and backgrounds for a sunny, midday jaunt in Central Park. 

The tribute, which Ono organized in partnership with the John Lennon Education Tour Bus, included musical performances, with Kinks founding member Dave Davies among those who sang for participants.

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Over 2,000 people formed a giant peace symbol Tuesday in New York City's Central Park, but fell short of the 2009 world record, when 5,814 people came together in Ithaca, N.Y. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Ono will be in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Friday — Lennon's actual birthdate of Oct. 9 — for the annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower. 

The memorial, a white stone monument that projects a strong light beam into the sky, was unveiled on Oct. 9, 2007. It is lit each year on that date, and select other dates.

Lennon, co-founder with Paul McCartney of the Beatles, the foursome that revolutionized pop music in the 1960s, was fatally shot on Dec. 8, 1980, outside his Dakota apartment building in New York.

With files from The Associated Press