Gathering of the Juggalos 2019: What Is a Juggalo and Why Do They Drink Faygo? Insane Clown Posse-inspired Horrorcore Carnival Descends on Indiana

Starting on July 31, 2019, the Gathering of the Juggalos celebrates its 20th anniversary in Indiana. But what is this mysterious festival, who are the Juggalos, and why do they love Faygo soda so much?

What is a Juggalo?

A Juggalo, Juggalette, or Juggala (Spanish) is a follower of the Insane Clown Posse (ICP), a hip-hop music group signed to Psychopathic Records, or any artist linked to the record label. Not to be confused with a Gigolo.

The following have their own culture, slang and style, with many, if not all, taking to wearing clown makeup not dissimilar to Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight. Mainly fans of ICP, many Juggalos drink Faygo, a much-loved root beer local to Detroit where the band comes from. At many of their gigs, the band will throw the soda into the audience, known as "Faygo Showers."

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Singer Violent J of the band Insane Clown Posse performs onstage at The Observatory on October 4, 2017 in Santa Ana, California. Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

According to contributors at Fandom, if you ever come across a Juggalo or Juggalette, these are some terms you need to be aware of if you'd like to converse with them:

  • Killa: Friend, referring to AnybodyKilla, the rap act from Detroit.
  • Cheeda: Money.
  • Ninja: How Juggalos address each other. It's like saying "Dude" or "Man".
  • Three-One-Three Fingerpops: Detroit police.
  • Shemp: A reliable Juggalo.
  • 'Lo Love: Short for "Juggalo love".
  • Juffalo: A fake Juggalo
  • Juggabrony: A Juggalo who is also a fan of My Little Pony.
  • The Faygo War of 1911: According to the Fandom, the legend is that "Marvus the Strong of the Great State of Detroit fought Harlan The Weak-A** Hater of the State of Michigan" which caused a civil war among the Detroit Faygo Crew, a popular gang at the time. Followers of Marvus branched off and created Juggalos whereas followers of Harlan created International Business Machines, now known simply as IBM.

These ninjas clearly don't clown around.

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Violent J of Insane Clown Posse performs onstage in a front of a sold out crowd at The Emerson Theater on June 15, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joey Foley/Getty Images

Gathering of the Juggalos Lineup

Gathering of the Juggalos is being held at a 400 acre fenced-in outdoor music venue known as Shimmer Forest, in Springville, Indiana. Run by Psychopathic Records, the lineup sees hip-hop and rap acts associated with the Juggalo culture.

It starts at 8:00 a.m local time on July 31, 2019 and runs until noon on August 4, 2019. There are three stages for musical artists known as Soopa Stage, Shazam Stage, Cannibal's House, and a fourth JCW Stage for wrestling.

The main acts include:

  • Insane Clown Posse
  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  • Butcher Babies
  • City Morgue
  • Geto Boys Ghostemane
  • Gilbert Gottfried
  • Gwar
  • Jedi Mind Tricks
  • KRS-One
  • Mac Sabbath
  • Morris Day & The Time
  • Randy's Cheeseburger Picnic
  • Rittz
  • $uicideboy$
  • Soopa Villainz
  • Tech N9ne
  • Token
  • ABK
  • Astronautalis
  • Big Hoodoo
  • Blahzay Roze
  • Brokencyde
  • C+C Music Factory
  • C-Mob
  • Clownvis
  • Cybertronic Spree
  • DJ Clay
  • Dropout Kings
  • Easy Mac
  • GFM
  • Hav Knots
  • ICP'S Strums & Drums
  • Kingspade
  • Kung Fu Vampire
  • Like A Villain
  • Lyte
  • Madchild
  • Mike Busey
  • MoneySide Musica Motown Rage
  • Mushroomhead
  • Myzery
  • Odd Squad Family
  • Ouija Macc
  • Rehab
  • The Rude Boy
  • Sabu
  • Sandman
  • September Mourning
  • Shakewell
  • Shane Douglas
  • Sylar
  • The Convalescence
  • Tommy Dreamer
  • Twisted Insane
  • Whitney Peyton
  • Willie Mack
  • Wolfpac
  • Zug Izland

How to buy tickets for Gathering of the Juggalos?

Since July 22, all tickets that have been ordered can be picked up from the Box Office at the front gate of Shimmer Forest, according to the official website. All ticket collectors will need to take their ID, order number, and a copy of the email confirmation of the order.

Juggalos can also buy their tickets from Down-With-The-Clown stores for the same price as online. These stores are:

  • Karma Records, 3802 N High School Road, Indianapolis, IN, 317-291-9243
  • Magnolia Thunderpussy, 1155 N. High St., Columbus, OH, 614-421-1512
  • Know Name Records, 6009 Portland Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN, 612-869-1070
  • Rock of Ages, 31015 Ford Rd., Garden City, MI, 734-522-4590
  • Angelo's CD's and More, 16711 E. Iliff Avenue, Aurora, CO, 303-337-1399
  • Angelo's CD's and More, 1959 S Broadway, Denver, CO, 303-798-6378
  • Angelo's CD's and More, 937 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO, 303-863-8668

If Juggalos would like to purchase their tickets on the day, tickets can be bought at the front gate of Shimmer Forest starting on 31 Jul 2019 at 6:00 a.m. local time with cash or credit card. Ticket will have a special barcode to be scanned at the front gate, at which point a festival program, a special metal amulet, and a wristband will be provided.

According to the website, if a Juggalo should lose their wristband, they should report it immediately to the Box Office as it grants access to all concerts, wrestling events, comedian shows, parties, sideshows, competitions, carnival rides, seminars, autograph signings, and much more.

Some Juggalos will have the honor of the "Psychopathic All-star Experience", which includes benefits between August 1, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. local time.

  • Meet and greet with all the Psychopathic artists in the backstage area of the Soopa Stage for autograph and photo opportunities.
  • All-you-can-eat buffet.
  • Gift bag containing limited edition items.
  • The opportunity to stand on the side of the stage to watch the first artist of the Gathering perform.
  • The privilege of returning on Saturday night of the Gathering to be able to participate in the Faygo Armageddon during the climax of ICP's set on the Soopa Stage.