CHARLOTTE, NC -- There was a loud and very colorful KKK rally and counter-protest in Charlotte, North Carolina over the weekend.
Counter-protesters brought squeaky toys, whistles, noise-makers, and red noses... but it was no ordinary clown circus.
Tom Strini, a clown-dressed counter-protester, said, "Instead of meeting hate with hate, they were going to meet hate with love."
Lacey Williams of the Latin American Coalition said, "The straight-up message from us is...you look silly."
The clowns were protesting a National Socialist Movement's white power rally which included Ku Klux Klan members.
One of the original rally participants said they were making a statement, "We stand in defense of white people all over the country."
But the clown rally had an answer for that, "We're dressed like clowns and you're the ones that look funny."
The counter-protesters outnumbered the visitors five to one, answering chants of "white power" with "Dwight power" and "white flour." They even modified a big of pop culture by singing "the Nazis are bananas.. b a n a n a s."
A city councilman in a clown nose said, "We're just a great big happy melting pot."
The overall point the counter-protesters were making was that no one there was going to take their hate speech seriously.
"I think its really important to have a sense of humor," said Williams. "What they want is for us to fight them. They want us to hit them with hate. We can't become them."
While the original rally members came to speak about immigration, they were made to feel unwelcome by a crowd that decided something "funny" was going on here and they were going to say something about it.
"It just shows that more people in this country are in favor of equal and human rights than there are people who want to kick all dark-skinned people out of the country," said Strini.
Police say no arrests were made.