December 20, 2012

Gym Dandies to ride unicycles in inaugural parade

By Ann S. Kim
Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH — The Gym Dandies will bring their unicycle skills to President Barack Obama's inaugural parade next month.

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The Gym Dandies performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 2005.

Forty-one members of the Scarborough-based circus arts group will ride 6-foot tall unicycles in formation during  the Jan. 21 parade in Washington.

"I couldn't be more thrilled," Jon Cahill, director of the Gym Dandies, said in a statement. "We've been in some big parades before but this is really an historic event." 

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is proud that the young Mainers will be part of the parade.

"The president and the nation will get a chance to see their talent and dedication. They've worked hard and certainly deserve this honor," Pingree said in a news release announcing the group's participation.

Gym Dandies members also perform other circus arts, including stilt walking and juggling. It believes it is the largest continuously operating children's circus in the nation, with more than 3,500 participants since 1981.

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