Saturday 16 December 2017

Clowns parade to Mexican holy site

Clowns have joined a procession to one of Mexico's most holy sites
Clowns have joined a procession to one of Mexico's most holy sites

Hundreds of clowns have paraded to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City as part of an annual pilgrimage to thank the country's patron saint and to ask for her blessings and continuing protection over the coming year.

The yearly event brings clowns of all ages to one of Latin America's most recognisable religious sites for a colourful mass.

The clowns sang, juggled and joked their way toward the basilica, along the famous avenue, the Calzada de Guadalupe.

"We thank (the virgin) for our jobs and we come with devotion every year to celebrate the clown day," clown Alfredo Laudin said during the parade.

The marching clowns carried with them alters and statues to the Virgin while chanting, "We are the clowns, yes sir, lords of laughs, yes sir."

Priest Jose Soria presided over the special mass, telling his congregation: "may God keep inspiring you to keep making people happy."

Press Association

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