Peru's annual Clown Day parade - in pictures

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image captionEvery 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.
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image captionHe 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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image captionThe celebrations are marked by colourful costumes, bright wigs and loud music.
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image captionMany clowns get creative with their costumes.
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image captionThey parade through the centre of Lima to the sound of drums, whistles and singing.
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image captionOne clown shows off his astronaut-themed outfit.
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image captionPeople of all ages take part and some even perform tricks.
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image captionMany clowns forgo sensible footwear in the name of style.
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image captionThere are costumes inspired by characters from film, TV, and video games.
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image captionBut after all that clowning around, some decide to take a hard-earned break.

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