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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 17:38 GMT 18:38 UK
In pictures: Mexico's clown conference

Clowns prepare

More than 400 clowns from Latin American countries are in Mexico City for their annual conference.

Two clowns

The Fraternity of Latin Clowns opened the 11th Clown Convention in a theatre.

A clown's silhouette

The convention, which continues until Friday, features workshops, classes and competitions.

A skull-faced clown

Conference organiser Jaime Segovia described clowning as a "serious business".

A group of clowns

Most of the clowns are Mexican, but delegates have arrived from many Central American countries.

A clown with an umbrella

"Callejeros", street clowns, tend to perform routines for an adult audience.

A clown puts on make-up

White-faced clowns, known as "carablancas", perform for children.

A clown dressed as Charlie Chaplin

"Vagabundo" clowns base their routines on the work of Charlie Chaplin.

Female clowns

Clowning in Mexico has traditionally been a male-dominated profession but increasing numbers of female clowns are attending the convention.

Clown conference opens in Mexico
17 Oct 06 |  Americas

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