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UK: Dozens of clowns invade the church – World

A bright red nose, beautiful faces, colorful costumes: dozens of clowns from around the world gathered in London on Sunday to pay tribute to the British father of the contemporary clown Joseph Grimaldi, who lived from 1778 to 1837.

"Solemn and fun ceremony"

Large and small, with heads hatched, a large necktie around his neck, or huge shoes on his feet, these clowns took their place on the usually boring benches of the Church of All Saints east of the British capital, decorated with colorful balloons and flags.

This ceremony, dedicated to the most famous mimes and English clowns, is being held every year, in February, in the 1940s.

"People came from Canada, Ireland, France or Scotland" for this "fun and exciting ceremony to remember this legend," one of the organizers, Bibbledy Bob, told AFP.

"There are circus clowns, theatrical clowns, party clowns, clown-wanderers – there are many clowns," he said. "There are many ways to become a clown, just look at the parliament," jokes the party clown.

The most popular artist of the 19th century

Some clowns even landed on a monocle, while others held a cream-pie in their hand.

This collection attracted many curious and admirers. "People stop for autographs," says Bibby Bob. "There are paparazzi from all over the world.

Joseph Grimaldi, who debuted at the age of three, is the most popular artist of the early 19th century performing pantomime on the London stage. His face, made up of white, entered the collective cultural consciousness. He died at the age of 58 in Islington, in the north of the capital.

Created: 03.02.2019, 20:46

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