Reuters

The annual Clown Congress meets this week.

You've heard of moments of silence and sit-ins. But this week, hundreds of clowns got together for a 15-minute laugh off. It's all par for the course at the 17th International Clown Convention, themed peace through laughter. According to CNN:

They gathered at Mexico City's Mother's Monument and then set about laughing and guffawing for a full 15 minutes, hoping that a world with more laughter will have less time for violence.

"We held 'laugh for peace' to speak out against violent conflicts, especially the internal conflicts in Mexico. We don't want violence, and we hope we can make more people love peace and learn to smile more often," said Llantom, Chairman of the Mexico Clown Association.

Host city Mexico City is an ideal spot for the conference. According to CNN, there are about 10,000 people who make their living in Mexico as clowns, working festivals, carnivals and street parades. Below, some photos:

A clown fixes his nose as preparation for his performance at an international clown convention in Mexico City. (Tomas Bravo/Reuters)
Clowns laugh for fifteen minutes as they rally for peace during the 17th Latin American clown convention at the Mother Monument in Mexico City. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)



Clowns laugh for fifteen minutes as they rally for peace during the 17th Latin American clown convention at the Mother Monument in Mexico City. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)


A clown laughs with his colleagues after the annual International Clown Convention photograph in Mexico City. (Reuters)

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A map of apartment searches in the U.S.
    Maps

    Where America’s Renters Want to Move Next

    A new report that tracks apartment searches between U.S. cities reveals the moving aspirations of a certain set of renters.

  2. A cat lays flat on a bench at a park on the outskirts of Tokyo.
    Life

    Why Don't Americans Use Their Parks at Night?

    Most cities aren’t fond of letting people use parks after dark. But there are good lifestyle, environmental, and safety reasons to reconsider.

  3. a photo of yellow vest protesters in Paris, France.
    Equity

    To Understand American Political Anger, Look to ‘Peripheral France’

    French geographer Christophe Guilluy has a controversial diagnosis of working-class resentment in the age of Trump, Brexit, and the Yellow Vests.

  4. A man walks by an abandoned home in Youngstown, Ohio
    Life

    How Some Shrinking Cities Are Still Prospering

    A study finds that some shrinking cities are prosperous areas with smaller, more-educated populations. But they also have greater levels of income inequality.

  5. Equity

    Why I Found My Community in a Starbucks

    I was reluctant to support a corporate chain. But in my neighborhood, it’s one of the only places I could have formed a relationship with someone like Sammy.

×