The Story of Sparkles the Clown
“Sparkles the Clown” first appeared in 1997 when Terry Donaldson was asked to return to Tracy’s Fourth of July Parade after rollerblading as “Lady Liberty” the previous year. She donned a clown costume and pretended she did not know how to rollerblade . . . falling on a pillow tied around her fanny . . . legs flying in the air. She was an instant hit! (Ouch!)
Thrilled with the response of those attending the parade and festivities, Terry immediately knew, at age 47, what she wanted to be when she grew up! She attended clown school and launched her new career as “Miss Sparkles Delight,” often shortened to “Sparkles the Clown.”
She is a professional, full-time clown, having entertained at over 4,520 parties and events as of March 2015. Sparkles the Clown has been delighting hundreds of thousands of children of all ages at Birthday Parties, Library Functions, Company Picnics, Grand Openings, Weddings, Family Reunions, High School Class Reunions, Restaurants, Festivals, Parades, Carnivals, Holiday Parties, School Assemblies, Churches, Pre-schools, Trade Fairs, Farmers Markets, County Fairs, Hospitals and Nursing Homes, and various fundraisers, etc.
In 1997, she attended classes at San Francisco School of Circus Arts and Concord School of Clownology. Miss Sparkles Delight is a member of Clowns of America International (COAI) and World Clown Association (WCA).
On September 6, 2004, Sparkles married Ravioli the Clown at a mock-wedding fundraiser for Tracy Interfaith Ministries. Then, five weeks later, on October 16th, 2004, they married for real as real people: Terry Donaldson and Denis Martinez!
Sparkles Delight has an energetic, fast-paced, mesmerizing show that keeps children entertained! She quickly establishes rapport with children, encouraging them to participate fully by expressing their individuality and creativity. Evoking the children’s spontaneity and joy is just one part of the unique magic Sparkles brings to her events.
In her show, you may find puppets and stuffed animals, dancing to “Singing in the Rain,” magic, balloon creations and misnamed and mishandled props that are used for lots of silly things!
Together, Sparkles and Ravioli also have a Silly Show that uses their combined talents to entertain at Libraries, Christmas Parties and School Assemblies.
“Sparkles the Elf” is also available during the Christmas Holiday Season! Check out one of her elf costumes on the photo page with “Snowflake the Elf” (that’s Ravioli in disguise!)
Read about Ravioli the Clown at www.raviolitheclown.com