Clowns have one goal: to bring joy into the lives of others through their performances. To celebrate the art of clowning, International Clown Week, Aug. 1-7, was created. In honor of clown week, head over to Woodlawn Cemetery, 7600 W. Cermak Road, Forest Park, on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. to celebrate and remember those performers who dedicated their lives to love, laughter and having an all-around good time.
The Woodlawn Cemetery International Clown Week celebration is held at Showmen’s Rest, purchased by Buffalo Bill Cody as the final resting place for circus clowns and performers. It is also known for its elephant statues.
The Woodlawn Cemetery’s tribute will include the performing troupe Forms In Motion Circus as well as clowns and other performers from the area. The ceremony includes speakers and the laying of flowers, but there are plenty of kid-friendly activities afterwards. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended for seating during the ceremony.
The Woodlawn Cemetery International Clown Week is free. For more information, call (847) 691-1545 or visit performforthelove.com/showmensrest.
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