Music Festivals

The Gathering of the Juggalos: Misconceptions and First Impressions

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Nate "Igor" Smith
A juggalo photographed on Wednesday, the first day of The Gathering, 2013.
By its organizers' own assessment, the Gathering of the Juggalos is an event filled with the most misunderstood people of all time. Juggalos are generally looked down upon by "normal" members of society, thought of as losers, degenerates or outright criminals--even most recently as a full-fledged gang, by the FBI. In keeping with these prejudices, the Gathering itself is subject to wild speculation by people who have never attended, in regards to its debauchery and unhinged behavior.

Some of these preconceived notions are warranted, and some are not. Here are a few of our first impressions of the Gathering, now that we have spent a full day on the grounds.

We are probably not going to be murdered by Juggalos here.

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