Grimaldi Memorial Service 2019
February 3 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Every year, the Grimaldi Memorial Service, also known as the Clowns’ Service, is taking place in East London on the first Sunday in February.
Around 60 clowns from all over the world attend this ceremony at All Saint’s Haggerston in Livermere Road, wearing full slap (make-up). The service commemorates the Father of Clowning, Joseph Grimaldi, and in his honour, clowns are known as Joeys up to this day.
Although the service proper only starts at 3.00pm, it is advisable to arrive early, in order to observe the merry-making taking place outside the church, and to secure good seats inside.
Nearest Overground station: Haggerston
Joseph Grimaldi (1778 – 1837) was a famous London actor and entertainer.
There is an anecdote about a man who visits his doctor complaining of depression. The medic tells him that he needs cheering up, and should go and see this new comedian who is all the rage, called Joe Grimaldi, to which he replies:
“Sadly, I cannot do this doctor – I am Grimaldi!”