Clowns have invaded the City of Albuquerque. They’re bringing the laughs all week long for the annual World Clown Convention.
These clowns say so much more goes into clowning than people realize and this convention helps them to perfect their unique craft. From balloon unicorns to over-the-top skits and even black light puppets.
“Most people have no idea what clowns do,” says event chair Deanna Hartmier.
The World Clown Convention has brought nearly 200 clowns from around the world to the Duke City. The convention is hosted by the World Clown Association, an educational non-profit organization all about enhancing the craft.
“All about training the proper way of clowning. There is a difference between someone putting on a costume,” Hartmier says.
Organizers say they get together at least once a year and focus on core clowning skills like character development, costumes and makeup.
“You have to use the lines on your face to make you look the best clown you can be,” Hartmier says.
They also focus on humor that everyone can enjoy.
“All clowns have to be politically correct. We have to watch where our hands are. We have to take care in so many different ways,” Hartmier says.
While in Albuquerque, these clowns say they are going to hospitals and partnering with local churches in hopes of spreading laughter across the city.
“When we go to a different city we try to point out the positives of clowning. That’s what we are here for. We are ambassadors of joy and that’s what we are doing, spreading the laughter.
Along with different classes, clowns get to compete in different categories like face painting, skits and balloon sculptures,
Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. there is a single skit competition that anyone can come and watch at no charge. The convention is at Sheraton Uptown.