Approximately 500 clowns are expected to congregate at Jimenez Rueda theatre in Mexico City for the colourful meeting, which is to run until October 20.
All attendees sport full clown get-up for the event, with the majority hailing from Peru, Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, as well as Mexico.
The funny men and women congregate in Mexico City each year in a bid to make the rest of the world take the art of clowning seriously.
Clowns at the meet get to take the weight off their comically-oversized feet and watch others in the business perform to pick up new tricks, in an attempt to maintain high standards of clowning.
Mexico is a perfect location to hold a clown convention, with the colourful performers being extremely important to the life and culture of the nation.
However, the life of a clown may not be as fun as it seems, with most professional clowns performing on the streets for small amounts of money.
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