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The Circus Clowns are a group of clowns from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

History with the Macy's Parade

The Circus Clowns made their Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in the 2000 Parade, joining the parading pachyderms of the Elephant Clowns for the ultimate circus celebration. The unit featured clowns wearing bright wigs, colorful clown suits and a goofy attitude to match. The first variations of the Circus Clowns were retired after 2005.

The Circus Clowns returned to the lineup for the 2010 Parade, now sporting new outfits. From the Big Top to the black top, the Circus Clowns featured an array of extraordinary funny folk performing circus acts and doing what they do best -- clowning around. The clown group joined the Rocking Lion toy float and a stilt-walking Ringmaster, creating a fantastical circus show for children of all ages.

For the 2016 Parade, the Circus Clowns were temporarily retired and refurbished into the Dog Walker Clowns to coincide with the debut of the springy-legged Trixie the Bouncing Dog balloon. Following this appearance, the Circus Clowns would return to the line of march and continued to teach the act of clowning around.

The Circus Clowns were initially scheduled to appear in the reimagined 2020 Parade, donning face coverings as they spread holiday cheer down 34th Street. However, rising COVID-19 cases caused a further reduction in participants and causes several Parade elements to be pulled from the line of march. Among these were several clown groups, including the Circus Clowns.

However, the Circus Clowns would put on another silly sideshow with their return to the lineup in the 2021 Parade.


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