LIMA – Hundreds of clowns turned out at the behest of their union on Thursday in Lima’s historic downtown for an artful promenade to ask the Peruvian Congress to officially make May 25 the annual day on which to celebrate their profession.
The president of the Cultural Association of Clowns and Circus Artists of Peru, Freddy Canario Quiroz – also known as “Bigotito” (Little Mustache) – told EFE that he and his colleagues were celebrating this day in tribute to their fellow clown, “Tony Perejil,” who owned a circus that toured the residential neighborhoods around the country during the 20th century.
“This is a very happy day for the celebration, but very sad because on a day like today we suffer the loss of a great artist like Tony Perejil, a clown with a long career who toured all of Peru. He went to places where other circuses didn’t go,” Quiroz said.
He added that the union represents between 800-900 clowns from all over the country, going on to say that they had presented a request for Congress to officially declare May 25 Peruvian Clown Day.
“We still don’t have a response, but we want this day of the Peruvian clown to be celebrated with all the others established by law,” he said.
The hundreds of marchers – most of them outfitted in their clown costumes – moved through the streets of the capital’s downtown, some of them imitating iconic soccer players such as Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Peru’s Christian Cueva.
“Cueva” said that he was “very happy” to have arrived from the southern city of Chincha to participate in the celebration and promised EFE that the Peruvian national soccer team, which has not competed in a World Cup match since 1982 in Spain, would return to the tourney in 2042.
“I’m going to sink 15 goals in one game,” he boasted to the laughter of his companions.
There was also a family of clowns on hand – comprised of a father, mother and two daughters – who said that they pursue the profession because of tradition.
“Everyone in the family devotes themselves to this lovely art of being clowns, I’ve been doing so for 20 years,” clown-father “Chuchurrito” told EFE, adding that being a clown “isn’t a job, but rather (something) that’s in our veins.”