Sarasota may have the Museum, but Emmett's from Peru

August 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Emmett Kelly, known also as Weary Willie, was a famous clown of the early 20's stretching into the 1950's, He was born in Kansas, died in Sarasota, but is buried in Indiana. Peru certainly has a claim on him as well. He started performing in the circus as a trapeze artist in one of the circuses that wintered in my hometown, Peru, Indiana. So the character of Weary Willie shows up in Peru a lot during the Festival and portrayed by more than one person. Here, he is feigning hunger and one of the boys watching the parade offers him a candy sucker. This moment unfolded rather quickly as I was more intent on photographing the clown. But the little boy's outstretched arm completes the scene.


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