Saturday, July 4, 2009

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Baily

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily came to New York City! I had never been to the circus so I bought tickets straightaway.

The circus was at Madison Square Garden. I missed this, but apparently the night before the circus opens at around midnight, they close off the Queens Midtown Tunnel and march the elephants in. You can go and watch. Something I also didn't know was that an hour before each circus performance, you can go to the part of the arena that is blocked off and pet the animals. I was pretty bummed about missing that.

But the circus was fun! The whole thing was kind of like a ballgame, with the food coming to you. It was, however, ridiculously expensive. We bought an icey in this plastic cup that lighted up in the dark, and it was $14!!



A bag of popcorn was equally expensive, maybe $10-12. But we went along with it. It was a festive atmosphere. We felt like little kids.

The acrobatics were not as impressive to me having been spoiled with Cirque du Soleil. However, I loved watching the animals. The dog show was incredible. There were dogs of all sizes and types doing clever antics and jumping over and off various objects. They also brought out zebras (!) and horses and had them run around in a circle. Which doesn't sound that amusing now, but was somehow extremely amusing to me as I was watching. The zebras were not as bright as the horses and tended to clump together despite the trainer's encouragement. The horses ran around their circle pretty evenly. I couldn't help but clap to encourage them along.

And there were elephants!!!!!!!

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The only animals that did not seem happy and content were the tigers. I felt a little sorry for them. One of them was a particularly bad troublemaker - Princessa - and she wouldn't stay on her stand. The trainer had to constantly reprimand her and she would roar irritably. I was a little afraid he would get eaten.

Overall, it was a good time. Go to the circus the next time they're in town!

1 comment:

Joshua said...

when they march the elephants through the midtown tunnel from queens they walk right past where I used to live in LIC. we tried to take pics, but there was very little light:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfrankel/sets/72157604166883718/