In Occupy-style, they are pop-up and pop-out protesters on Montreal's streets.
A jester threw juggling clubs high in the air, a masked face beamed — the sweat of the warm day glistening over her make-up — and the nose of a clown tilting up to figures on stilts, occasionally twisting round in a dance-trot.
An impromptu band shook beans in glass bottles and beat drumsticks, while an accordion played old favourites.
Whistles tried to organise the crowd. Dogs menaced one another, tying themselves up in their leashes as their owners passed by.