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As you walk through east London this month, you may find lots of peo­ple clown­ing around. Clowns will gather in full cos­tume, from painted faces to red noses, at All Saints Church in Hag­ger­ston from 3pm to pay trib­ute to the king of clowns, Joseph Grimaldi. The English ac­tor, co­me­dian and dancer be­came one of the most pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ers of the Re­gency era. The tra­di­tion be­gan in 1946, and in 1967 clowns were given per­mis­sion to at­tend in their cos­tumes. Af­ter the ser­vice, clowns per­form for the pub­lic. The event gets busy, so make sure you ar­rive early.

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