This weekend marked the beginning of the 3rd annual NY Clown Theatre Festival at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg. Festivities began with clowns taking to the streets with a subway parade. Clowns such as Lord Oxford and Graspy McTakeItAll led a crowd of about 100 strong onto a rush hour L Train where they sang along as a marching band played standards such as "Come On Eileen" and "Groove is in the Heart."
After marching down Bedford Ave. and over to the Brick, the clowns and their entourage participated in a series of pie fights: some just for kids, some for the scantily clad. During a Parents vs. Kids round, one eight-year-old refused his mother's invitation to join in, yelling, "Then who's gonna watch your credit cards and cell phone?" When adults play like kids again, someone has to pick up the slack.
The Festival has performances, workshops and lectures running throughout the month.