Our History

The History of Chebeague Clown College

Chebeague Island, Maine


The Chebeague Clown College started unofficially in 1994 when Malcolm Rice convinced his college buddy Harry Spiliotis to join him in the annual parade. The two were such a hit that Rochelle Rice was soon on board as “Old Spice’s” right hand clown.

Past year events have included an educational experience for children at the Chebeague Island Recreation Summer Day Camp. It seems many children are afraid of clowns. During the workshop they participated in helping “Old Spice” put his make-up, nose, hat and gloves on creating a safe feeling for the children.

Today, the College boasts dozens of clowns and has grown to include several Clown Limo drivers, music along the parade route and a costume and make-up staff. The Clowns have become quite the hit of the parade and can be seen on many a Christmas card taken by gleeful parents!

More photos in our gallery!