- Title: 'Clowning around,' clowns from around the world gather in Mexico City
- Date: 24th October 2019
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (OCTOBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CLOWNS GATHERED, PARADING IN STREET CLOWN TAKING A PICTURE VARIOUS OF CLOWNS MARCHING IN STREET WOMAN AND BABY LOOKING ON CLOWNS FROM ECUADOR JUMPING UP AND DOWN (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CLOWN "PIN-PIN SONRISAS" FROM GUATEMALA," SAYING: "It's a blessing to be a clown. God created different people and my most important quality is to be a clown." CLOWNS CHEERING INTO CAMERA (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CLOWN "TOMATITO" FROM ECUADOR, SAYING: "We are marking 24 years of this fair of laughter. That is wonderful and its great more colleagues were able to come to have fun with us. (audio of reporters asking: what did you think of Mexico?) Mexico is wonderful." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CLOWN "PIOLIN" FROM VERACRUZ IN MEXICO, SAYING: "Great joy. A lot of joy (audio of reporter asking: making people happy?) of course, to make all children laugh." CLOWN SAYING (Spanish) "GREETINGS TO MY GRANNY WHO DOESN'T HAVE A TV" VARIOUS OF CLOWN PARADING IN STREET / ONLOOKERS, CLOWNS, TAKING SMARTPHONE PICTURES CLOWNS POSING FOR PICTURE
- Embargoed: 7th November 2019 04:15
- Keywords: Clowns convention Mexico City
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001B2GIDDV
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- Story Text: Hundreds of Mexican clowns marched merrily through Mexico City on Wednesday (October 23) to mark the 24th Annual International Clown Convention, aimed at honing their craft and supporting the industry.
The convention, also known as the "Fair of Laughter," is organised by the Brotherhood of Latin Clowns and brings together clowns from countries such as Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the United States to show off their talents and pick up skills and skit ideas to take home to their fans.
During four days, close to 450 clowns from 14 countries will attend seminars and workshops, enabling them to stock up on the latest and best costumes, shoes, make-up, magic tricks and wigs available to keep on entertaining children the world over.
Singing and dancing, they paraded through the street to the delight of curious onlookers.
Clowns are very important to Mexican culture and life. Thousands pop up on traffic intersections and perform all kinds of tricks to earn a few pesos. It's a tough life for them, but the convention is part of an effort to maintain high standards of clowning. According to the Latin-American Clown Association, there are some 10,000 professional clowns registered in Mexico.
(Production: Joshua Mena, Manuel Carrillo)
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