Five possible explanations for creepy clown sightings around Puyallup/Pierce County.
1 Afifi Shriners hold autumn tryouts, put in early rehearsal time before 2017 Daffodil Parade.
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2 Members of J.P. Patches and Gertrude Fan Club (South Sound chapter) engage in live-action role play.
3 After big wave of Barnum and Bailey layoffs, word spread about Puyallup's welcoming attitude toward the homeless.
4 They're not creepy clowns; they're creepy politicians wearing too much makeup for their election ads.
5 Clown car caravan broke down on Meridian, still waiting for tow truck to show up.
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6. Just some Bozo or Joker with too much time on his hands.