GUATEMALA CITY – More than 100 clowns gathered Monday on Sixth Avenue of Guatemala City’s Historic Center asking one and all to respect their undervalued profession.
With their enormous, everlasting smiles, some 150 clowns paraded down Paseo de La Sexta, the capital’s iconic pedestrian walkway, on their way to a hotel where they were to celebrate a training session for beginners “in this beautiful art.”
EFE was told by Carlos “Chispa,” one of these men of the painted faces, that this was the third gathering “of the united urban clowns of Guatemala” and that it will continue until next Thursday.
One of their objectives, he said, is to urge people “to respect the art of the clown,” a goal they share with the Guatemala Clowns and Comics Association, or APCG, which has in its ranks clowns from various points around the country, where they are trained and help each other as a trade union.
Guatemala, despite being one of the most violent countries in the world and also one where poverty and inequality are everywhere, welcomed on Monday this day of laughter, which passers-by enjoyed tremendously.
One of those who appeared on Sixth Avenue was Sammy Morales, brother of the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, who supposedly is being investigated for his part in a corruption case – but Sammy nonetheless captured the gaze of locals who did not hesitate to snap selfies with him.
Sammy has a television program, in which he appeared before his brother became president, where under the title of “Moralejas” (Morals) he makes Guatemalans laugh out loud.