If you have a long message to display in a large readable font, then this little Tkinter GUI toolkit code might help.
''' Tk_Text_ticker102.py using Tkinter to create a marquee/ticker uses a display width of 20 characters not superbly smooth but good enough to read tested with Python27 and Python33 by vegaseat 04oct2013 ''' import time try: # Python2 import Tkinter as tk except ImportError: # Python3 import tkinter as tk root = tk.Tk() # width --> width in chars, height --> lines of text text_width = 20 text = tk.Text(root, width=text_width, height=1, bg='yellow') text.pack() # use a proportional font to handle spaces correctly text.config(font=('courier', 48, 'bold')) s1 = "We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. " s2 = "We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the " s3 = "road or not. The chicken is either for us or against us. " s4 = "There is no middle ground here. (George W. Bush)" # pad front and end of text with spaces s5 = ' ' * text_width # concatenate it all s = s5 + s1 + s2 + s3 + s4 + s5 for k in range(len(s)): # use string slicing to do the trick ticker_text = s[k:k+text_width] text.insert("1.1", ticker_text) root.update() # delay by 0.22 seconds time.sleep(0.22) root.mainloop()