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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Juggalo March 9/16/2017



Yesterday, I was actually in Washington, D.C. for my neighbor's family reunion. However, as a fan of Twiztid, ICP, and the other acts of Psychopathic/MNE Records, I wanted to make an appearance at the Juggalo March. The March didn't start until 2, but I had downtime between 12:30 and 2 PM. I took a cab to the Lincoln Memorial, where the March would start, and introduced myself to some of the staff members. I explained that I could only stay for an hour because I was here for a reunion, but I wanted to show my love, chat with others, and take pictures. We all chatted for a good ten minutes and they were all very friendly. They let me take their pictures and agreed to a selfie.





 I made my way to the Lincoln Memorial Mall and introduced myself to others. I also started talking to other Juggalos and Juggalettes. I introduced myself, we chatted, hugged, and took pictures and selfies. It felt great talking to other fans and what the music meant to us, but what also the FBI decision meant to us as well. While chatting, I saw a guy dressed as Donald Trump and I had to get a picture.






















Something one guy said to me really stood out: "it doesn't really matter if you can't stay for the whole thing or what t-shirt you are wearing [I felt bad that I didn't have a shirt], what matters is you are here and you're representing something you believe in. Much love, homie!" He and his girlfriend hugged me before I had to get back to the bus trip. It made me feel loved and welcomed, as did talking to others. That is one of the many reasons why I love the music and consider myself a Juggalette because I've always felt welcomed. It's hard to describe, but I feel a belonging and this March only strengthened my feelings.



When I was walking out of the African American Museum, I had an hour to get back to the bus. The Juggalo March marched down the National Mall and I had the opportunity to participate after all. I know I always say I don't get involved in these things, but it was D.C. and this is a cause I feel strongly about, that I did get involved. It felt great and it felt great to see Violent J march along with the others. I was chanting while taking pictures. I'm glad I went.


































Hopefully, this march will have an impact and the FBI will remove Juggalos from the list of hybrid gangs. Most of us aren't gang members and would never dream of hurting others. We only love the music and the fanfare within the music.

I also took pictures of the March on black and white film. Once I get the pictures developed, I will post the photos to my blog. I am also going to include this march in my yearly newsletter.

4 comments:

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    You are having an exciting weekend, dear friend! I am familiar with ICP and Twiztid but was not familiar with Juggalos, Juggalettes or the Juggalo March. I watched a few videos and did some further reading and discovered that the Juggalo March coincided with the Mother of All Rallies and more than 30 other D.C. area events. As usual, you had the opportunity to rub elbows with band members and make some new friends. I read that there are Juggalo Day events in Florida and in Canada.

    Have a super week ahead, dear friend JM!

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    1. Hi Shady,

      Maybe you'll attend one in Florida? ;)

      It was so much fun! One of the MOAR attendees came to the March and I didn't realize he was there until the person mocking Trump marched by. He got angry, but nothing violent erupted. It struck me, I think most people are peaceful, and while none of us always agree politically, I don't think politics should divide people.

      Thank you, dear friend, I hope you have a wonderful week ahead as well!

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  2. What, pray-tell, is a Juggalo?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hi Janie,

      A Juggalo is someone who follows Insane Clown Posse and all the musical acts under ICP's record label. A Juggalette is a female fan. A few years ago, the FBI labeled us a gang because gangs that aren't fans of the music stole one of the record label's symbols and committed crimes. In 2014, the ACLU became involved with our cause and they're actively fighting to get this classification removed because it has caused discrimination.

      Love,
      Jessica

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