In 2011, when the FBI first classified Juggalos – those Faygo swigging, face-paint-wearing fans of Detroit rap-rock outfit Insane Clown Posse – a “hybrid gang,” the duo behind ICP thought it was pretty funny, just more proof that they’re “the most hated band in the world.” But soon Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J realized that this was affecting their fans, who like to think of themselves as an extended family. So they planned a march to protest the designation and bring attention to their cause, and it finally took place this past weekend. Here, our photo dispatch from the Juggalo March on Washington.
Insane Clown Posse members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, give a speech to kick off the march in Washington, D.C.
A Juggalo proudly displays stomach tattoo.
Many Juggalos came to march with their children, such as this family from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Juggalos drove from all over the country to march in D.C. This group came to represent the small town of Knox, Indiana.
A protester sits on Lincoln Memorial steps with banner that reads “Is your band next?”
A Juggalette and her daughter march along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
One of the many speakers whose lives have been affected because of being classified as a gang member.
An anti-Trump supporter wearing a Trump mask and a sign that reads “Where are the clowns? Don’t bother…I’m here.”
Protesters gathering in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC holding a sign that reads, “American Tax Payer Juggalo.”
A protestor in a bikini smiles while marching in support of fellow Juggalos.
Juggalo protester waits for speeches to start while holding a “Black Juggalos Matter” sign.
Protesters wearing Uncle Sam and Snow White costumes hold a sign that reads, “I am a princess 4 kids, not a gang member.”
A protester resting on the mall in Washington, D.C. before the start of the march.
A marching Juggalo shows off clown makeup.
A Juggalette sits in front of the Lincoln Memorial, surrounded by some of the photographers and reporters that showed up to cover the event.
A Juggalo marches with an “It’s All About Family” sign.
A family of Juggalos holding signs in support.
A group of Juggalos waiting for the speakers to begin.
Two protesters sit on the Lincoln Memorial steps while applying their makeup.
When we asked Joey from Sterling Heights, Michigan if he’d like to comment on the march he replied, “Whoop whoop!”