I recently posted many photos from a festival in Xico, Veracruz, honoring its patron saint, Mary Magdalene.
I found this festival so interesting that I returned two months later to a similar festival in Coatepec, Veracruz (ten miles down the road), honoring its patron saint, St. Geronimo (St. Jerome).
During the festival in Xico, parades took place over the course of a week, and would feature parading the saint, followed by dancers, often in clown costume. In Coatepec, all of the festivities were concentrated into one parade, taking place the afternoon of September 29. At the beginning of the parade, there was a torrential downpour of rain lasting about 30 minutes. While this dampened the participants, it did not dampen their enthusiasm. The parade continued, though the sawdust artwork in the road was turned to mush!
Here are clowns in the parade, accompanied by steady music to dance to. The clowns are not of the "creepy" variety, but follow a long tradition established during the Spanish conquest of using masked figures to help teach the indigenous population. I have not yet, though, received a satisfying answer as to why clown figures are involved!