Juggalos just want to be able to listen to their favorite band in peace. Fans of the Detroit horror hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse gathered on the National Mall Saturday to reiterate that message amid a yearslong struggle with the FBI, which has labeled the fanbase a gang.
They baptized newbies in Faygo soda, the official drink of the Juggalo, painted their faces, and high-fived and hugged old friends ahead of a planned march and concert. It was as jubilant as one imagines a crowd of clowns can be.
Their purpose for coming together, however, was serious. A contested 2011 FBI report claimed Juggalos engage in "gang-like behavior and criminal activity and violence." For proof, the bureau cited theft, drugs, and assault committed by ICP fans.
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