Welcome to Clowns International Est 1947

The origins of Clowns International goes back to 1947 when it was known as the International Circus Clowns Club.  

In the 1940’s it was at the circus where you would most likely find a clown. Troupes of sometimes a dozen clowns were employed by the larger shows.  Each February clowns would negotiate new contracts for the coming season. However in 1947 Billy Smart, (Circus Owner)  decided to create some extra publicity for the show by arranging for his clowns to attend Joseph Grimaldi’s grave in the churchyard of St. James’s Church, Pentonville Road, London.  There they laid a wreath on the gravestone and decided to meet again the following year. A tradition that is kept alive to this day.

It was circus enthusiast Stan Bult who heard of this and as a result of the gathering he established the International Circus Clown Club. In 1978 the International Circus Clown Club became Clowns International and membership is now open to all clowns of every type.

So why not join today!

Currently members come from around the world including UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Portugal, Denmark and France to name but a few.  

77th Grimaldi Service

Clowns International are pleased to announce that the 77th Annual Grimaldi Service will be held again in London on Sunday the 5th of February. We are grateful that after 2 years of the service being pre recorded online we can now return to the All Saints Church, Haggerston London E8 4EZ. This historic clown event is open to Clowns, friends of clowns & the general public to celebrate & remember the life of Joey Grimaldi & the fellow clowns that are no longer with us RIP🕯️Clowns are asked to join in best clown motley. Changing & refreshments will be available from midday & the service will start at 3pm followed by a clown show for adults & children.

Drole: A New Exhibition of Rare Clowns Costumes and Ephemera

Also if you are making the trip to London you may wish to also visit DRÔLE: On display from January 11th – February 11th 2023 (not open on Sundays) more info here: https://www.thehorsehospital.com/events/drole


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