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Here is the official schedule for the Emmett Kelly Clown Festival.

It is the third day of activities in conjunction with the Emmett Kelly Clown Festival.

A dinner was held on Thursday night and Friday brought the showing of “The Greatest Show on Earth” at the Melba Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, April 30 — 

MUSIC STAGE DOWNTOWN

9 a.m. — Houston Jazz Band

10 a.m. — Tanya Pacheco

11 a.m. — Kirk Pierce

Noon – Announcements by Rep. Bennie Cook. Kelly, who will receive a key to the city from Cook, will present awards to art students. Music to follow from the STARS Foundation.

1 p.m. — “Out of Darkness,” featuring Zack and Jamie Taylor and Gavin Altman

2 p.m. — Billy Jack Purnell, “Plain and Simple.”

3 p.m. — Markus Deutsch

Noon  — Walking clown parade downtown. Emmett Kelly Festival T-shirts on sale.

Illustration by Barbara White of past clowns attending.

1 p.m. Car show downtown. Check-in starts at 10 a.m. Members of the Old Iron Works Club will have some of their treasures on display.

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.  — Scenes from the “Greatest Showman” performed at the Melba Performing Arts Center on Grand Avenue by the STARS Foundation.

3 p.m. and 7 p.m. — Special presentation of Aladdin by STARS Foundation at the Melba.

Vendors will be situated downtown at various booths in the community.

Food trucks will be present from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. You’ll find a dunking tank — send your favorite officer into the water.

Clowns attending

 “Animal the Clown,”  a previous attendee, will perform airbrush tattooing.

Find additional information in special pages included in this week’s Houston Herald

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  1. Will there be a parade for clowns please let me know 573-247-6637 I am a tramp Clown would love to participate from Salem Missouri my name is RICHARD Sealbeam Ferranto please respond I just now heard about this very interested please get back with me thank you

    1. I’m just a citizens reading this but YES they plan to have a clown parade at 12 o’clock Noon. I read somewhere that they will be letting people use some costumes that will be made available about an hour before so they are encouraging as many clowns as possible!

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