Dalston Was Full Of Clowns Today

They gathered at Holy Trinity Church for the annual Grimaldi memorial.

1. At 3pm today, Holy Trinity Church in Dalston was full of clowns.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

2. They were there, for the 68th year, to pay tribute to entertainer Joseph Grimaldi.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

3. Joseph, who died in 1837, invented the modern clown.

4. And so, once a year, clowns from across the country attend a service in his honour, wearing full costume.

5. They sing.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

6. They do magic tricks.

So. Much. Fun #GrimaldiMemorial #clown #bobby #dalston

— becky_whit (@Becky Whitman)

7. And, most importantly, they laugh.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

9. And once the service is over, everyone lights a candle in memory of the clowns who have passed away in the last 12 months.

Yeah. This is happening. @BangerJonny's brought me to a church service for clowns #GrimaldiMemorial

— becky_whit (@Becky Whitman)

10. And then there’s a children’s show.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

11. Best. Day. Ever.

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

          
    Now Buzzing