Peru's annual Clown Day parade - in pictures

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Clowns prepare themselves to take part in a parade during Peru's Clown Day celebrations in Lima, Peru May 25, 2018Image source, Reuters
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Every year hundreds of clowns gather in Peru's capital to honour José Alvarez Vélez, or 'Tony Perejil', a popular clown who died on 25 May 1987.
Clowns prepare themselves to take part in a parade during Peru's Clown Day celebrations in Lima, Peru May 25, 2018Image source, Reuters
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He was known as the "Clown of the Poor" because he performed in impoverished areas and raised money to help improve those communities. Here, three women prepare for the parade.
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The celebrations are marked by colourful costumes, bright wigs and loud music.
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Many clowns get creative with their costumes.
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They parade through the centre of Lima to the sound of drums, whistles and singing.
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One clown shows off his astronaut-themed outfit.
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People of all ages take part and some even perform tricks.
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Many clowns forgo sensible footwear in the name of style.
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There are costumes inspired by characters from film, TV, and video games.
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But after all that clowning around, some decide to take a hard-earned break.