Every year on 31 May clowns from across the UK gather at Grimaldi Park in Islington to commemorate Joseph Grimaldi, the father of modern clowning. Clowns come together in celebration and to pay their respects in what is a long standing annual tradition. This year Clowns from Clowns International, the oldest established organisation for clowns in the world, laid flowers at Grimaldi’s grave as well as decorating the grave with streamers before the entertainment began. Music played as clowns of all ages danced, juggled, poi-ed, unicycled and made merry in an afternoon that exuded sheer joy and warmth. It was a welcome opportunity for people to take an hour or two out of their busy day and just revel in the energy and enthusiasm of the art of clowning.
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