>Many business owners in downtown Mount Clemens spent Sunday cleaning up their properties after fans attending an Insane Clown Posse hip hop concert at the Emerald Theatre the night before doused building exteriors with syrupy Faygo soda pop.
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Workers were scrubbing walls and spraying windows to remove the soft drink that was deliberately sprayed on stores along North Walnut and Macomb Place.
- “That’s just great — right before the Stars & Stripes Festival,” said Mount Clemens Mayor Barb Dempsey.
- The spraying is known in Insane Clown Posse circles as a “Faygo shower,” according to one fan who attended the show.
- “A Faygo shower is where you take a 2-liter bottle of Faygo, shake it up, remove the cap and let it spray on everyone,” said Ryan Williams of Chesterfield Township.
- Faygo is the beverage of choice for the ICP duo because it’s cheap and the two members could easily afford it, Williams said. Faygo is also headquartered in Michigan.
- According to ICP lore, the Detroit-based duo threw an open bottle of Faygo at fans who were making an obscene gesture at a show and the crowd cheered, so the two have continued to spray audiences with the pop. ICP has a hardcore following of loyal fans who refer to themselves as juggalos.
- Larry Moloney, who along with his wife Cecillia own a number of downtown properties, was out Sunday scrubbing the sticky soda pop from windows and steps of his buildings.
- “They sprayed everything around here with Faygo red pop,” Moloney said. “They should have to clean up after themselves.”
- Workers at Madison’s Pub were out picking up trash left behind by the fans. They said some of the “juggalos” had left white and blood-red paint on their walls.
- Witnesses said fans lining the outside of the building began spraying the stores as they waited to get inside of the show on Saturday night. Someone called the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, but no arrests were made.
- Williams, who was attending his first ICP show on Saturday night, said someone from the venue came out and asked fans not to harm the neighboring businesses, but many in the crowd ignored the plea. He said someone pulled up in a van containing $80 worth of Faygo and handed out bottles to people.
- “The guy was telling everyone don’t touch the businesses because it will take a long time to get the pop off,” Williams said. “They asked us nicely.”
- Mike Mitchell, who runs the Emerald with nightclub impresario Ronnie Masters, said theater personnel personally washed off several of the businesses on Sunday morning. He said security agents warned fans outside the venue to stop causing trouble.
- “There were cops out in front of the building but I think everyone was aware the kids were just having fun,” Mitchell said. “Honestly, it just got out of hand. We have people out there cleaning the parking lots and the windows of the barbershop next door. We had hoped no one would do that, but they did.”
- The Emerald reportedly is in severe financial trouble and the city’s Downtown Development Authority has proposed purchasing the building and converting it into a community theater.
- But in the meantime, local bar and shop owners are not happy with the Emerald operators. They hope to arrange a meeting with the Emerald and city officials to talk about what they say is a chronic problem with the venue.
- “They’re bringing the city down,” said one bar owner who did not want to be identified. “Neither one of them live in the city, they don’t contribute to the Downtown Development Authority. We just wish they’d both leave.”