2013 Inaugural Parade
Fundraiser

The Gym Dandies have been selected again this year by Brighton Collectibles for their Celebrate Kids charity. As a result, we will receive a portion of the sales of their exciting patriotic bracelets for a limited time. And if Gym Dandies families buy bracelets themselves, the proceeds will go towards reducing the cost of your Gym Dandy's trip to NYC for the Columbus Day Parade this Fall! See the Fundraising section for details.

THANK YOU for your generosity Brighton Collectibles!

As always, write us a note and keep in touch over on Facebook. And, if you'd like to donate to The Gym Dandies directly, see our Donations section for details.

Jul 06, 2014
 
Gym Dandies to ride in Colmumbus Day Parade in NYC!

The Gym Dandies are one of only two groups pre-selected to appear in the NYC Columbus Day Parade this October! So mark your calendars and watch for the kids in blue riding unicycles in this national event. They should be easy to spot!

Check the Upcoming Events Page for the details on the events.

Jul 06, 2014
 
Attention Gym Dandies Families!!

You should be getting an email from Kerry Snyder about reserving a spot on the bus for you and your Gym Dandy for the upcoming Cape Elizabeth Family Fun Day Parade and the Yarmouth Clam Festival Parade

We need to make transportation arrangements to both of these events ASAP, so please respond to Kerry quickly. (If you don't get an email, please send her a note at < admin@gymdandies.org > to make sure you are included on the email list and to let her know how many of you - including parents - will be riding the bus for each of these events.) Again, we need to make arrangements soon, so please be prompt!

Check the Upcoming Events Page for the details on the events.

May 25, 2014
 
Updated Info on Haiti Walk

The Gym Dandies will be riding as the lead off group for the Haiti Walk on Back Cove, Portland, ME on May 31st. They will also perform a unicycle demo prior to the walk that begins at 10:00.

So come on out to the 5th annual "Maine Walks with Haiti" celebration. It will be a lot of fun, plus the money raised goes to a good cause as well! 

More details on the flyer here: Maine Walks With Haiti flyer
 

Prior to this, on the 26th, the Gym Dandies will be riding in the Memorial Day Parade in Scarborough. Keep up to date by checking the Upcoming Events Page!

May 13, 2014
 
St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday!

  Cancelled due to weather. 

Not to worry - the Gym Dandies will be quite busy this Spring with other parades and performances!

Check the Upcoming Events Page for the details.

Mar 28, 2014
 
2014 Community Performance Pics!

                                                   (Click image to go to Gallery)

                                                   Photos courtesy Wes Franklin

Mar 24, 2014
 
33rd Annual Community Performance

2014 community performance

Feb 16, 2014
 
Unicycling Society of America article on Gym Dandies

The latest version of "On One Wheel", the official Unicycle_Go-Roundpublication of the Unicycling Society of America, has a 2013 retrospective that includes an article on the Gym Dandies' appearance in the Inaugural Parade!

Issue 36-1: On One Wheel Archives

Feb 05, 2014
 
2014 Calendar Raffle Drawings Are Done

This year's calendar raffle fundraiser was a HUGE success! Thanks to all of the Gym Dandies families for making this one of the most successful raffles to date! And a big thank you to the generous individuals and companies who donated the prizes to be given away.

A winner will be drawn each day of January. Check our Facebook page for the up to date news: Gym Dandies on Facebook

Jan 02, 2014
 
Uniform Order Form

The 2013-2014 Uniform Order form has been added to the Forms Page.

Nov 23, 2013
 
Fundraising Event at Flatbread Pizza

Don't miss our kick off fundraising event at Flatbread Pizza on Tuesday, October 8th! See the Upcoming Events section for the details.

Sep 16, 2013
 
Pictures from the La Kermesse

Pictures from the La Kermesse parade have been posted over on Facebook!

Jul 11, 2013
 
Fundraisers and Upcoming Events

The Gym Dandies were one of two local groups selected by Brighton Collectibles to receive a portion of the sales of their exciting patriotic bracelets for a limited time. See the Fundraising section for details.

Check out the Upcoming Events section to see what The Gym Dandies are up to this Summer!

As always, write us a note and keep in touch over on Facebook. And, if you'd like to donate to The Gym Dandies directly, see our Donations section for details.

Jun 29, 2013
 
More Pictures of the 2013 Inaugural Parade!

More pics from the 2013 Inaugural Parade!

Some more pictures of the 2013 Inaugural Parade taken by Tech. Sgt. Eric Miller have been posted on the dvids website - a street level perspective of the big event!

(Click image to go to Gallery)

Mar 26, 2013
 
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manchester
Mar 26, 2013
 
Thank you!

Thanks to all who came and supported the Gym Dandies on Thursday and Friday.

The kids put on some great performances!  (Click here to see the pictures over on the Facebook page!)

Mar 23, 2013
 
32nd Annual Community Performance

The Gym Dandies

32nd Annual Community Performance

The Gym Dandies recently performed for the President in the 2013 Inaugural Parade, and now they are back home to perform for the people of Maine! Don't miss the thrill of over 150 unicyclists, jugglers and more!

Scarborough High School Gymnasium

259 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, ME

Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd, 2013

6:30 PM (doors open at 6PM)

Adults: $5, Senior Citizens: $4, School Age Children: $3, Pre-school Age: FREE (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

The Gym Dandies is the largest continuously operating children's circus in the United States
All performers are Scarborough Students

Feb 27, 2013
 
Facebook Photos

Mr. Cahill checking things out the day before the parade.

(Click image to go to the Gym Dandies Facebook Album)

Feb 07, 2013
 
Gym Dandies in the White House Highlights Video

Jan 26, 2013
 
A Parent's Perspective

The Portland Daily Sun - 01.22.13

Gym Dandies Strut Their Stuff

by Karen Vachon

Jan 25, 2013
 
The 2013 Inaugural Parade!

The 2013 Presidential Inauguration! (We didn't get to see this part, we were being "staged" at the time.)

The view from the Capitol. The Gym Dandies are way back there at the base of the Washington Monument in the "warming tent" (white tent). Pennsylvania Avenue and the beginning of the parade route to the right.

Outside the warming tent getting ready to go to the "merge point".

The Gym Dandies doing their thing on Pennsylvania Avenue!

A close up.

Rounding the last corner into a blazing spotlight!

Approaching the review stand.

Getting closer!

...and the culmination of a lot of preparation, hard work, and practice!

(Last four photos courtesy Peter Vachon)

Jan 25, 2013
 
More Post-Parade Press
Jan 24, 2013
 
WCSH6 Video

Jan 24, 2013
 
Video and Article in Bangor Daily News

Bangor Daily News - 01.22.13

Unicycling youths from Scarborough ride in inauguration parade

(One of the parents who attended the event shot this video and sent it to Bangor Daily News. Good seats!)

Jan 23, 2013
 
2013 Inaugural Parade Footage!

Jan 23, 2013
 
Thank you!

A BIG Thank You! to Dr. Lisa Howard’s office who heard about our trip and made a generous donation!!!  (Dr. Lisa P Howard's Website)

Jan 18, 2013
 
Gym Dandies to ride in the 2013 Inaugural Parade!

The Gym Dandies have been selected to ride in the 2013 Inaugural Parade on January 21st in Washington DC!

2009 inauguration

The Gym Dandies were the first group featured on the official 2013 Inaugural Committee website! Click here to read the article.

In the news:

More coverage on the official Facebook Page



Here's an idea of what it will be like... (Pics from the 2009 Inaugural Parade parade.)

Jan 06, 2013
 
Gym Dandies featured on Video

Time Warner Cable Video recently ran this video featuring the Gym Dandies. It includes footage from the May 5th performance at Windham Primary School and parade clips from the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade 2012 and Macy's Parade.

The 2012-13 Registration Forms are now available.

May 24, 2012
 
4th of July Parade in Philadelphia

Independence Day celebrations are known for fireworks, parades and cookouts. Where better to celebrate the 235th anniversary of our country's independence but in the cradle of liberty, Philadelphia. more info...

Check out these pictures from Claudia Murray of the Philadelphia 4th of July Parade.

Jul 05, 2011
 
Videos from the Community Performance
Jul 04, 2011
 
News from the State Capital

Jon Cahill has been selected by the Maine Governor's Council as the 2011 Winner of the MAINE FITNESS AWARD for the Lifetime Achievement Category.  Several Gym Dandies were on hand when Jon received the award in Augusta.

May 03, 2011
 
Successful Community Performance!

The 30th Annual Community Performance was a tremendous success. There was a total of over 1400 attendees for Thursday and Saturday's performance. Special recognition was given for the four graduating seniors and a special award was given to celebrate Jon's 30th Anniversary as the director of Gym Dandies. Pictures are available for Thursday's performance thanks to Claudia Murray.

More pictures from 30th Annual Community Performance the can be found here and here.

ATTN:The Gym Dandies are now on Facebook! Facebook users can find additional pictures (and videos) on the Official Gym Dandies Facebook Page.

Apr 01, 2011
 
25th Anniversary Community Performances

25th Anniversary Community Performances

2006_Community_Performances_Merritt_(02)The Gym Dandies would like to thank the community for all of their support in celebrating our 25th Anniversary!  This milestone event was featured in the new Scarborough High School Alumni Gymnasium with two performances on April 6 and 7, 2006.  Director Jon Cahill was honored by the attendance of several original 1981 Gym Dandy alumni including his son, Edwin.  They proved to everyone that once "you're a Gym Dandy, you're always a Gym Dandy" showcasing some of their own clowning, juggling, and unicycling!  But it was the more than 220 children, currently enrolled in the program, who stole the show!  Perseverance is the cornerstone of this unique program.  The circus arts skills are physically challenging and require many hours of practice.  The three graduating seniors highlighted many other benefits that they experienced through the Gym Dandies program - performance skills, teamwork, self-control, and confidence-building to name a few.  The program is unusual because it teaches youngsters about teamwork, encourages physical fitness, and healthy competition.  Joining the Gym Dandies teaches more than just learning to juggle and unicycle - it teaches the importance of commitment and encouragement.  The Gym Dandies program dedicates itself to encouraging today's children and tomorrow's adults with a simple message, "Practice Makes Everything Possible!"

25th Anniversary Community Performance Press Release

Feb 12, 2006
 
2009 -- West Virginia Strawberry Festival Parade

Gym Dandies Win Specialty Unit Competition!

2009 Strawberry FestivalFifty-five Gym Dandies make the long trip to the mountains of West Virginia for one of the largest parades in the United States. More than one hundred entries from fourteen states, Canada, and South America were featured in the this event. The Gym Dandies wowed the 50,000 spectators crowded along the two mile parade route in Buckhannon, WV with forty-four Giraffe unicycles, three 36" wheel unicycles, and seven 20" unicycles. WVSF Parade organizers made a considerable contribution to the Gym Dandies to help with trip costs for this event.

Dec 21, 2010
 
2008 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

2008 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

2006_NIDP_Pelczar_(060) "The Gym Dandies" Children's Circus of Scarborough Schools represented the Scarborough community and the State of Maine in the Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2008.  Sixty Gym Dandies rode unicycles in various formations as they performed before a crowd of 400,000 spectators.  Forty-eight Gym Dandies performed atop 6-foot high Giraffe unicycles while younger members rode smaller 20" unicycles.  This event is the largest and most prestigious parade held in Washington, D.C. each year and is the largest event of the three-week festival.  The parade runs for more than one mile down Constitution Avenue right in front of the White House.  Bands and performing groups from across the nation are selected each year for this nationally significant event based on recommendations and audition videos.

Nov 15, 2008
 
2008 Scarborough 350th Celebration Parade

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2008 Scarborough 350th Celebration Parade

It was awesome to see all of the town support during Scarborough's 350th Celebration July 10-14, 2008.  "The Gym Dandies" Children's Circus was extremely proud to be a part of this historic milestone event by participating in the 350th Celebration Parade on Saturday, July 12, 2008.

Jul 18, 2008
 
2006 National Independence Day Parade

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2006 National Independence Day Parade

“The Gym Dandies” Children's Circus once again proudly represented the State of Maine in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC on July 4, 2006.

Nov 17, 2006
 
Manchester, NH Saint Patrick's Parade

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The Gym Dandies wowed the thousands of spectators that lined Elm Street to watch the annual Manchester, New Hampshire Saint Patrick's Parade on Sunday, March 19, 2006.  It was great to see so many new performance level Gym Dandies on giraffe unicycles making their parade debuts.  The 55 giraffe riders equaled our recent showing in New York City. Saint_Patrick's_Parade Our Gym Dandies are the best!

Mar 20, 2006
 
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Appearance

Macy's_Parade_Aerial_ViewThe "Amazing" Gym Dandies gave the performance of their lifetime during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2005 in New York City.  The Gym Dandies were selected from hundreds of applicants from around the world for this nationally significant event.  "The Gym Dandies" Children's Circus is the only performing group nationally or internationally that can field sixty, six-foot unicycles in one routine.

The Gym Dandies are shown after the "Big Bird" balloon and the "Sesame Street" float. (AP Photo)

During their last week of early morning practice, WCSH Channel 6 and WMTW Channel 8 provided some great coverage.  If you missed the coverage, you can view it by clicking here.  If the video does not play for you, you will most likely need to download the DivX Codec hereSmiley

Macy's_Practice_Stevens (08)November 14 Dress Rehearsal Practice

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Nov 26, 2005
 
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