Clowns parade through Lima's streets for Peruvian Clown Day

STORY: Big shoes, colorful faces and original wigs came out of the artists’ closets to parade throughout the streets of the Peruvian capital, bringing smiles to locals and fellow clowns.

“We, the clowns, are responsible for making people laugh, to get them to release stress caused by work or other problems," said Dino, better known in the clown business as Juanecito de Pucallpa.

Peruvians celebrate Clown Day since 1987 as a tribute to the late clown Jose Alvarez Velez, “Toni Perejil,” also known as “The Clown of the Poor.”

Carrying a multicoloured tent, Toni Perejil used to visit Lima neighbourhoods in the 1980s to spread joy but spent his last days alone and bedridden in a hospital.

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