Couple Getting Married at National Mall between pro-Trump and Juggalo Rallies

Next weekend at the National Mall on Washington DC, more than 30 events are scheduled to take place. These include both pro and anti-Trump rallies, the Juggalo March, and even some weddings.  The Washington Post caught up with one of the couples getting married on the same day as the March at around the same time and asked them their opinions about it.  Surprisingly, they were pretty positive and easygoing, even siding with Juggalos, saying to “leave them be”.  You can see the full article below.


Meet one of the couples getting married on the Mall in between a pro-Trump protest and a Juggalo rally

Before Donald Trump was elected president, before “antifa” became a household term and before the FBI classified Insane Clown Posse music fans as a gang, Christy Coyne and Kevin Bobsein met at a military base in Kuwait.

The year was 2010. He was a computer engineer with the government. And she worked in academic support for a university that provided higher education on the base.

The nonmilitary Americans on the base stuck together, and Bobsein, 33, asked for her number one day when they saw each other eating. She nearly ripped a page out of the book she was reading to write it down, but he told her not to ruin the book, and she knew right then she liked him. They went to a local flea market together on their first date where they ate sandwiches and saw everything from used underwear to furniture for sale. They traveled to Dubai, Jordan and throughout Europe together and now live in a cramped apartment in Northeast D.C. with their 18 pound cat, Mr. Miyago.

But one of the more unusual events they may experience together may unfold right in their backyard — on their wedding day.

The couple is planning their Sept. 16 wedding at the D.C. War Memorial — an idyllic and popular wedding location that on this particular day will be nestled between a pro-Trump rally, a rally for Insane Clown Posse fans and charity events. Insane Clown Posse fans call themselves Juggalos and are more known for wearing clown face paint and outrageous antics than blending into idyllic wedding locales.

“I figure they’re humans, they’ll be okay, they’ll see it’s a wedding and stay away,” Bobsein said. “Or, who knows, maybe it’ll make for good photos.”

“I laughed I was like, Oh my gosh, half of my family is afraid of clowns,” said Coyne, 38. “Everyone’s just rolling with it, there’s nothing we can do about it.”

The couple applied for the $90 National Park Service permit to have their wedding at the D.C. War Memorial in March. At the time, they knew there would be other events on the Mall, but didn’t know just how many they would be, or how ridiculous they would sound to their out of town guests.

They acknowledge that they did start looking into the Juggalos gang classification when they learned their wedding coincided with their protest. Though they had never listened to any Insane Clown Posse music, they do sympathize with their mission.

“I support their cause, it seems ridiculous,” Coyne said of the FBI gang classification. “Let them be.”

The ceremony will be less than an hour, in the middle of the afternoon, with a fairly quick exit so they can clear out in time for another wedding later in the afternoon. They plan to take professional photos at the memorial, and then head to their reception in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood.

Their 150 guests could interact with some of the protesters as they find Ubers and cabs to take them across town to the venue, where local pizza, beers and a DJ await them.

“Our goal is just for everyone to have a good time, a lot of drinking and a lot of dancing,” Bobsein said.

The U.S. Park Police wouldn’t discuss its security plan for the day, but said the agency is prepared for all the events.

The Juggalos said they expect their event to be peaceful and don’t plan to interact with any of the political protesters.

“We will definitely try to walk around the weddings,” Jason Webber, an organizer of the Insane Clown Posse rally, said in an interview last month. But, he added, “Juggalos make excellent wedding guests.”

Bobsein said they plan to have a very D.C. celebration. Their reception will be catered by Petworth’s Timber Pizza, and the “godmother” of D.C.’s popular bocce ball leagues will be officiating the wedding ceremony. (Bobsein and Coyne are big bocce ball players.) So all the events on the Mall happening at the same time as their wedding will just be part of it.

It is not clear if any of the protest groups plan to confront their opponents during the day. And while the couple didn’t want to get into politics, they said they haven’t participated in any protests in the Trump era and do not plan to start on their wedding day. But, they said, their wedding will be open to two D.C. guests who they never officially sent an invitation to.

“If President Obama and Michelle want to stop by, they are welcome to,” Bobsein said.

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