The Circus

Circuses are ages old. They have been grotesque, like Roman circuses. They have been more or less civilized. Lately they have been sanitized for the age of sensitivity. Animal rights, a litigious culture, the Internet, video games, blame the demise of the circus on what you will, but the popularity is largely gone.

Florida State University has its Flying High Circus which is acrobatic. They have a circus camp. If you are in Georgia you can see them at Callaway Gardens Friday, May 31, 2019, to Friday, July 19, 2019. If you have not seen it before you should.

We all know about Cirque du Soleil . Again, if you have never seen it, you should.

The most well known example I am referring to is Ringling Brothers, which closed the tent after 146 years. So very sad.

I am presenting here a photo essay; the smelly, sketchy circus that travels town to town. The Traveling Circus. In 2017 there were 19 remaining circuses using animals. The photographs are from different ones I experienced for several years, taking my kids during the day, then returning at night. They are from what I hope is the “real circus” of elephants, and acrobats, and clowns, and people shot out of canons, with carnies, and rigged “games of skill.”

During the day the kids and parents come and enjoy the rides. But at night. Ah, night time at the circus. Enjoy the darkness and creepiness.

They are also following Ringling Brothers’ path.

~ by Bill on June 26, 2019.

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