Playing the fool in annual parade

Merrily dressed clowns took to the streets to join a parade to mark the International Day of the Clown in the city of Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, on Monday.

The occasion has been marked in Guadalajara since 1992. In addition to the traditional parade of clowns, celebrations also included a special mass held in honour of the clowns, and a party.

Similar festivities were held in Brazil, which has celebrated the Day of the Clown since 1981, and even passed a law to recognise the event in 2017.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2018, with the headline 'Playing the fool in annual parade'. Print Edition | Subscribe