After being suspended for two years due to COVID-19, hundreds of clowns dressed in colorful costumes, wigs and face paint marched through the streets of downtown Lima on Wednesday to celebrate Peruvian Clown Day.
A band of revelers carried the ashes of one of their fellow clowns, Jorge Contreras – known as “Copetin” – who died of pancreatic cancer during the pandemic.
“Today we break our mourning and let it rest in peace as we return to our colorful clothes,” said Lerner Diaz, dressed as a clown known as “Little Shadow”.
“It was really very difficult, with what happened because of COVID, and we lost a lot of our friends,” said Renato Pichihua who, like most other clowns, was forced to make a living doing other things. .
The Cultural Association of Clowns and Circus Artists of Peru marches on May 25 every year in honor of Jose Alvarez Velez, better known as “Tony Perejil”, a popular Peruvian clown who died in 1987.
Peruvian clowns started celebrating Peruvian Clown Day in 2006.