Clown Day Celebrations in Lima
Hundreds of clowns painted their faces and donned their wigs, hats, big shoes and red noses to take the streets of Lima on Friday (May 25) on the locally celebrated Peruvian Clown Day.
The long procession of clowns of all kinds and colors made their way through Lima's downtown streets bringing smiles to area residents as well as their fellow clowns.
The clowns celebrate Peruvian Clown Day every May 25.
[Carlos 'Tuerquita' Perez, President, Peruvian Cultural Association of Clowns and Artists]:
"There are more than 600 clowns parading here in the city of Lima along with foreign artists. We are trying to make Clown Day an official holiday every May 25."
The jesters came in all shapes and sizes, happy and sad, and some even dressed as clown superheroes.
[Jean Paul 'Cuetecillo' Jara, 12-Year-Old Clown]:
"I'm 12-years-old and I've been a clown for eight years. I am very proud and I like it because when kids are sad I make them happy."
But it is not just youngsters that get a kick out of their antics.
[Rosa de la Haza, Resident]:
"I infinitely thank clowns from Peru and around the world. Thanks to them for spiritually feeding us."
The colorful bunch made their way to the Peruvian congress building to officially petition for the Clown Day to be recognized by the government.