Write a comment
Peruvian Clown Day in Lima

Peruvian Clown Day in Lima

Dia del Payaso Peruano

25 May

Each year on May 25, Peru celebrates the Peruvian Clown Day in honor of José Alvarez Vélez, better known as Tony Perejil, a popular clown who died on that day in 1987.

In the late 1970s and in the 1980s Tony Perejil, the Clown of the Poor, set up his colorful tent in the shantytowns of the Peruvian capital and brought happiness and laughter to the children and adults living there. The little money he made, he donated to charity. And while he gave so much joy to those that needed it the most, Tony Perejil died alone in a hospital bed on May 25, 1987.

To this day, many citizens of Lima remember the humble, benevolent and entertaining clown, who made people laugh even in the worst situations, in nostalgia and perhaps as well with a little regret.

So, each year on his day of death, hundreds of professional clowns from all over the country come to Lima and parade through the historic city center in colorful costumes and wigs, large clown shoes and painted faces. Usually many other circus artists join them.

Besides the traditional clown parade, the municipality of Lima in cooperation with the Experimental Clown School and the Peruvian Cultural Association of Clowns and Circus Artists (ACPACP) organizes clown shows, circus performances and a festival celebrating all aspects of the circus world.

Say something here...
characters left
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

Peru Event Calendar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Latest Content...

Latest Video

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History - Lima, Peru.mp4

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History - Lima, Peru.mp4

Founded in April 1826, the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru (MNAAHP) is Peru's oldest state museum. On display is a wide range of perfectly preserved pre-Hispanic ceramics, textiles, metals, organic materials and lithic's. Objects of historic-artistic value are exhibited. The documentary, photographic and bibliographic collections tell...
Submitted by: Tintin
3 weeks, 1 day ago

Long Reads...

  • Peruvian Personalities & Founders

    Francisco Pizarro González (1474-1541)

    Francisco Pizarro, a peasant from Spain, was one of the least well-equipped conquerors in history. However, in the name…
  • Peruvian Archaeology

    History of Peruvian Archaeology

    The story of the origins and development of Peruvian archaeology begins with the earliest Spanish contact in 1524, and…
  • Peruvian Archaeology

    The colorful Fabrics and Textiles of Peru

    Europe’s first knowledge of Peruvian textiles was acquired following the Spanish invasion of Peru in 1532, when the…
  • Peruvian Legends, Myths & Tales

    The Jeweled Frog and the Condor

    By a quiet pond, at the side of a cloud-topped mountain in Peru, lived a small green frog and his large green family.…
  • Peruvian Legends, Myths & Tales

    Huatya Curi and the Five Condors

    A long time ago, at the jagged top of the world where the snow lives, there was a poor young man named Huatya Curi. His…