Note: this weekend our colleagues at St. Louis' Riverfront Times are risking life and limb to cover the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos outside Thornville, Ohio.
"Please, we ask you to hold your Faygo until the wedding begins," a woman with electric green braids instructs the crowd. Standing anxiously nearby is the groom, outfitted in a Jack Skellington top hat. His big day has arrived -- he is about to be wed to the love of his life, here at the Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio.
Photos by Drew Ailes Tiffany and Dip Set, juggalo bride and groom, exhange vows.
"I'm gonna try and fuck her in the butt tonight," he jokes.
As dedicated to their Juggalo family as they are to one another, Tiffany and Dip Set, bride and groom, are here to tie the marriage noose at the Gathering's Carousel Stage.
While a man with long hair plays a death metal version of "Here Comes the Bride" on electric guitar, audience members scream out the familial cry of "woop woop!" and bounce their heads in approval. The bride approaches the wedding in a golf cart before dismounting behind the crowd and making her way to the stage with a spirited little person following her as a flower girl.
The bride approaches the stage.
Juggalos swarm, brandishing smartphones and snapping pictures as other observers throw gummy candy. Jason Webber, head of Psychopathic Records' public relations, sports a tacky suit and passionately sings "She's Your Queen" (best-known from the film Coming to America) in falsetto.
"We are gathered here today to get fuckin' married," says the wedding's officiant. After a short speech that includes platinum lines like "swear to love her titties for all eternity" and "find someone willing to put up with how fucked up you are," the bespectacled emcee outlines the history of the couple: Tiffany and Dip Set have been together for two years now, having first met at a party after a Twiztid concert.
"If you want a lesson in being a man, look to this man," states the officiant. "He took in two kids that his dick did not create to become their father."
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