I did the Eveleth Clown Band groupie thing after the Land of the Loon parade in Virginia last weekend. I followed them around as they went “barnstorming” main street bars – Sports Page, Virginia Servicemen’s Club, Flaimer’s, Popper’s. I watched the people who awaited and cheered their arrival, sang and danced along with their ribald and boisterous performance, and deflated upon their departure. For many, the flamboyant cross-dressing, costumed and polka-playing band, is the highlight of the parade and post-parade celebration. The Clown Band has been an integral part of the Range’s Fourth of July and centennial celebrations for as long as most people can remember.
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