Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Performers & Employees Invited to Baraboo, Wisconsin For Circus Homecoming July 21-23, 2017

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Baraboo, Wisconsin, the hometown of the Ringling brothers and their circus empire, will roll out the red carpet to the performers and employees of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey with a special Circus Homecoming, July 20-23, 2017. The four-day event will celebrate the people who have made The Greatest Show On Earth® an iconic brand and the world’s preeminent circus and the Show’s cast/crew will headline the Big Top Parade hometown of Ringling Bros. Circus.

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“With the news that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will close, Circus World and the Baraboo community immediately thought about the people. The Circus Homecoming is our way to honor all of them," said Scott O’Donnell, Exec. Dir. Circus World

Baraboo, Wisconsin, the hometown of the Ringling brothers and their circus empire, will roll out the red carpet to the performers and employees of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey with a special Circus Homecoming, July 20-23, 2017. The four-day event will celebrate the people who have made The Greatest Show on Earth® an iconic brand and the world’s preeminent circus. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey cast and crew will also serve as the grand marshals of Baraboo’s Big Top Parade.

On parade day, Saturday July 22, at 7:30 p.m., former performers from The Greatest Show On Earth® will showcase their talents on the stage of the beautifully restored Al. Ringling Theatre for a one-time-only presentation of “Sawdust, Spangles and Dreams.” Proceeds from this event will benefit the Circus Traveling Show Retirement Project & Showpeople’s Winter Quarters, as well as International Clown Hall of Fame, the Al. Ringling Theatre and Circus World. Tickets for this performance can be purchased online beginning May 1 at http://alringling.org/.

“With the news that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will close May 21 after 146 years of continuous operation, Circus World and the entire Baraboo community immediately thought about the people who have dedicated their lives to The Greatest Show On Earth®. The Circus Homecoming is our way to honor all of them and their legacy,” said Scott O’Donnell, Executive Director of Circus World, a state-owned historic site located at the Ringling Bros. Circus’ winter quarters (1884-1918) in Baraboo and the primary organization behind the Circus Homecoming.

Other Circus Homecoming events, including performances, concerts, tours, films and social gatherings offered each day and evening at the city’s premier circus attractions: Circus World, the International Clown Hall of Fame, Al. Ringling Theatre, Al. Ringling Mansion and Ringling House Bed & Breakfast. You can explore the full schedule of Circus Homecoming events by visiting http://www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

Activities on Friday, July 21 will include an 11:00 a.m. guided tour of Baraboo’s Walnut Hill Cemetery where four of the Ringling brothers and other circus luminaries are interred. The 1952 Oscar-winning best picture, “The Greatest Show On Earth,” will be shown on the big screen at 7:00 p.m. at the majestic Al. Ringling Theatre. Buy early to get the best seats! Al Ringling Theatre tickets for both the movie and “Sawdust, Spangles and Dreams” go on sale Monday, May 1, 2017, and can be purchased at http://alringling.org/ or by contacting the Ticket Office at 608-356-8864.

On Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m., the 5th Annual Big Top Parade will take to the streets of downtown Baraboo, with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey employees serving as Grand Marshals. The parade will feature priceless, horse-drawn circus wagons from Circus World’s unequaled collection, animals, bands, specialty units, and community floats. This year, because Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is ceasing operations, the parade will also feature the grandest assemblage of clowns on the planet.

For more information about the Circus Homecoming, or to arrange interviews and coverage contact Barbara Pflughaupt, BP Media Relations, (212) 707-8181.

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