March of the clowns: A look at Peru's annual Clown Day parade - Genii Online

Every year on May 25th, hundreds of professional clowns and non-professional merrymakers march through Peru's capital to mark the anniversary of the passing of José Alvarez Vélez, better known as Tony Perejil, the "clown of the poor." The BBC had a photographer on the ground to capture this year's parade. 

Clowns of all ages attended the event

Clowns of all ages attended the event

This year's parade also had a political element, as several groups of clowns were marching in support of government health care and financial assistance for circus performers.

I'm not sure if this guy has actually been to space

I'm not sure if this guy has actually been to space

Plenty of clowns performed as they marched, others just looked silly

Plenty of clowns performed as they marched, others just looked silly

"Death visists the Perejil Circus." A newspaper announces the death of Tony Perejil on May 25th, 1987

"Death visists the Perejil Circus." A newspaper announces the death of Tony Perejil on May 25th, 1987

Check out this BBC feature for more photos from the event. The news outlet also has a few snaps from the 2013 march:

Some clowns came equipped for battle

Some clowns came equipped for battle

Not everyone in the parade wore traditional Clown attire...

Not everyone in the parade wore traditional Clown attire...

... some looked like they'd be more at home at a videogame convention

... some looked like they'd be more at home at a videogame convention

The parade takes place in every year on May 25th in Lima, Peru. 

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