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A Mostly Typical Saturday In Washington, DC: Political Rallies - Plus Juggalos

17 September 2017, 09:09 | Winston Chapman

View Slideshow People gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. for Saturday's Juggalo March. Logan Werlinger for NPR

People gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. for Saturday's Juggalo March

A day of competing protests in Washington unexpectedly included a group of Black Lives Matter activists who appeared near the stage of a rally meant to support President Donald Trump.

The Juggalos, fans of the rap-rock group the Insane Clown Posse demonstrate on the National Mall against the Federal Bureau of Investigation for classifying them as a hybrid gang on September 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

While some voiced support for the group, citing their right to freedom of speech, others poked fun at the group's appearance in good humor.

"The Juggalo March is like the Boston Tea Party for music fans", Gill said.

A judge dismissed the lawsuit initially saying the case was problematic because "the report did not directly order police and other officials to any particular action against the Juggalos", according to The Hollywood Reporter. That's why they organized a march on Washington, D.C.: to clear their Faygo-soaked good name.

Nearby, on the National Mall close to the Washington Monument, about 500 Trump supporters assembled for an all-day demonstration and concert, though organizers predicted that number would grow as the day progressed. Because the events happened near one another, many waited with anticipation to see if the two groups might collide.

As a rule of thumb, it is not big news when multiple political rallies overlap on the same weekend in the nation's capital, a prime setting for anyone trying to send a message to the people in power.

A short distance away, a much larger pro-Trump demonstration is starting up on the National Mall.

A Juggalo helps collect trash during at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. during Saturday's Juggalo March
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"With the U.S. Capitol in the background, people gather on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, to attend a rally in support of President Donald Trump in what organizers are calling 'The Mother of All Rallies".

More than 1,000 fans of the band Insane Clown Posse are rallying to protest the FBI's classification of them as a gang. They tend to feel that they've been misunderstood outsiders their whole lives, whether for being overweight, looking weird, being poor, or even for just liking ICP in the first place.

The Juggalos won't be the only group marching Saturday on Washington.

Juggalos, named after one of the band's songs called "The Juggla", claim the FBI's label has led to discrimination and harassment.

Though they had come to air their grievances, the protest had a festive, family feel as the fans awaited the climax of the day: A performance by Insane Clown Posse.

Penix became a fan of Insane Clown Posse when she was 12 and said she used to hide it because she was bullied. Founded in Detroit in 1989 by duo Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, Insane Clown Posse performs a brand of hip hop known as "horrorcore" which is influenced by supernatural themes and violent horror movie imagery.

Fans are known for their esoteric behaviour, sometimes wearing clown make-up in homage to the band, as well as chains or tattoos featuring a silhouetted man running with a hatchet.

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