The group and its collective of juggalos are to march on the nation’s capital on Sept. 16, 2017, frontman Joe “Violent J” Bruce announced during last weekend’s Gathering of the Juggalos.
Close your eyes and picture it: A Million Clown March. It’s weirdly easy to imagine! And it’s happening next year. After a 2011 report by the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center classified the Juggalos, ICP’s fans, as a “loosely organized hybrid gang,” the duo filed a lawsuit against the FBI. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2014, but an appeals court revived itlast year. And now, the duo is planning a massive march on Washington to protest against the FBI.
Rolling Stone reports that ICP member Violent J made the announcement at the duo’s Gathering Of The Juggalos festival this past weekend. It will be happening in our nation’s capital on the weekend of 9/16 of next year, and it’ll start at the Lincoln Memorial before moving down Constitution Avenue to the Washington Monument. That same weekend, ICP will play a free show at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and they’ll also host a picnic for fans the morning after the march.
Violent J admits, “We don’t know what’s going to happen. We could totally embarrass ourselves, and there could be 25 people.” But even if you don’t like ICP’s music, you have to respect a group who will go to bat this seriously for its fans, especially in the face of some restrictive law-enforcement bullshit. Also: I can’t imagine a theatrical moment much better than a Juggalo march, and I am seriously considering attending this thing.