Clowns dressed in white marched down a central street in the Mexican resort of Acapulco on Monday demanding an end to the city’s crime wave.
With their faces painted and carrying signs reading “peace”, they said that they were “tired of so much violence”.
They complained that they were losing business because residents no longer threw parties out of fear of becoming targets of crime.
In April, 100 people were killed in the resort town.
Officials said they had recorded almost 50 more murders in the first three months of 2018 than in the same period last year.
Most of the murders are believed to be related to warfare between rival criminal gangs in the region.
The clowns said they had been particularly shocked by the murder of a juggler earlier this year. They said that the rise in crime had spread terror in the city which had made it hard for them to make a living.
Acapulco was once a glamorous destination popular with Hollywood stars but the high number of homicides has put off many tourists.