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Lima celebrates Peruvian Clown Day

3:55pm EDT - 01:34

Clowns take over Lima streets for parade to mark Peruvian Clown Day. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of clowns painted their faces and donned their wigs, hats, big shoes and red noses to take to the streets of Lima on Thursday (May 25) on the locally celebrated Peruvian Clown Day. A 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 to mark the death of Tony Perejil, known as "the clown of the poor." Carrying a multicolored tent, Perejil used to visit Lima neighborhoods in the 1980s to spread joy but spent his last days alone and bedridden in a hospital. The jesters came in all shapes and sizes, happy and sad and some even dressed as clown superheroes, Smurfette and Barcelona Football Star Lionel Messi.

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Lima celebrates Peruvian Clown Day

3:55pm EDT - 01:34