Weary Willie Day-Dec 9
WEARY WILLIE DAY
Weary Willie Day is celebrated annually on December 9.
This holiday was named for the character made famous by Emmett Kelly, who was born on this day in 1898. This is a day to appreciate the art of clowning and the impact that it has had on our lives.
Weary Willie was a unique character to the art of clowning. Kelly had developed Weary Willy at a time when the white faced, goofy clown was the norm, and selling the idea for a sad, down-on-his-luck clown did not fit the formula most circuses were looking for. For the time being, Kelly put back on the the white face and the brightly colored costume.
Times and attitudes changed when the country was in the depths of the Great Depression. Down-trodden and world-weary was the face of the nation. People could identify with Weary Willie like never before. Weary Willie, his frowning, whisker-shadowed face and his dirty, torn and worn costume, went on to become an American icon.
Wear some big shoes, pantomime or grab a bunch of people and pile into a tiny car. Clown college could be just around the corner! Use #WearyWillieDay to post on social media.
We are not clowning around!