My name is Scoop (a.k.a. Stacie Hampton), and I’ve been a part of the Children’s Holiday Parade for 15 years. I’m thrilled and honored to let you in on some behind the scenes stories.
I used to work at Children’s Medical Center in the events department, including behind the scenes at the parade. When I changed careers, I wanted to be “in front of the scenes” in the parade, and my exciting experience as a clown began.
There are several clown opportunities at the parade and my friend Poop (a.k.a. Christine Shanklin) and I have done them all. From Banner Clowns where we carry the banners in front of each parade entry to Street Clowns where we sit with the spectators and entertain the crowds before and during the parade. Our 4th year our applications arrived too late, and there was only one clown opportunity left.
You guessed it – Pooper Scooper!! We were shocked, nervous and a little nauseous, but we didn’t want to miss the parade. We decided to go for it knowing that we’d go back to our previous assignment the next year. We were a little excited because
the clowns who had done this before were a crazy group and they looked like they had a lot of fun, so we were intrigued to see what all the fuss was about.
Well, we had SO much fun in this role it’s now our permanent home. In fact, I’m now the Head Pooper Scooper, or as my husband calls me, the “Number 1 Number 2!”. Everyone asks us why this is so fun, and it’s really difficult to explain, and when we try, they shake their head and just laugh at us. I mean seriously, grown adults dressed up as clowns, acting goofy, making poop jokes and cleaning up after the horses in a parade!
It’s crazy fun!!! We get to entertain the crowds, but we also get to experience this Miracle on Commerce Street and enjoy the spirit of the holidays.
The Parade is truly what kicks off the holiday season for me! Hope to see you there!