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Experience Circus history this coming year! Explore exhibits and historic items all season long and this summer prepare to Blast Off at the big top show! Get you tickets today!

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What began with less than an acre of land, six historic circus wagons plus a lot of grit, determination, and passion, has now become an internationally recognized and respected institution encompassing 64 acres, 30 permanent structures, seven winter quarters buildings along Water Street, plus the Ringling Bros. Circus Train shed complex, and over 260 spectacular wagons. Circus World truly is “Wisconsin’s National Treasure!”

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As other entertainment forms gained popularity, Circus World began documenting and collecting important treasures of the American Circus. From original Ringling Circus buildings to the smallest flea circus prop

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4 days ago
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Enjoy this gift of an extra day! And for those born on Feb 29th, enjoy your special birthday! ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy this gift of an extra day! And for those born on Feb 29th, enjoy your special birthday!
7 days ago
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The Great Circus Parade is back... well, on TV, anyway. This Thursday, February 29 at 7 p.m. Milwaukee PBS - WMVS-TV (Channel 10) will air a new documentary about The Great Circus Parade. Producers Dale Palecek and Joseph Sankey mined Milwaukee PBS' video archives, including rare black-and-white scenes from the 1964 parade as well as footage from nearly a dozen other parades, including the 2009 finale. If you are in the Milwaukee area, plan to tune in and see the most spectacular, most splendiferous event ever: itself, its only equal! ... See MoreSee Less

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Janese Ellynn Baket sounds awesome!

I marched in one of those parades with the Elkhorn High School band back in the day! It was an awesome experience 👍

Is that tonight?

Mable David Voelker

I would love to be able to watch this ❤️

It was an awesome event. I even got to work for the company that supplied all of the bleachers for the parade. Took us a week to set them all up and down in just a couple of days

Love this!

Me and my family, daughter and wife, participated 4 years in the parade in the late 1980's. My friend's 6 up hitch pulled a theme wagon the first 3 years, my wife and daughter outwalkers. The fourth year he pulled a cage wagon, monkeys, I rode shotgun and again my wife and daughter outwalkers. Was such an enjoyable experience!! Too bad we don't get that TV station.

I want to see this but I’m in OKC. Please post updates if it is ever streamed.

My great uncle's family had their Clydesdale horses featured in the parade for many years. It was quite a sight to behold.

Our miniature horses were in this “amazing” parade!!! It was truly fabulous!!! They placed us right in front of the 16 horse hitch to show the extreme contrast in size!! Such incredible memories!! Unbelievable undertaking!!!

My husband drove his Belgians in the parade for many years. I've been trying for awhile to find photos of him driving in the parade. I keep watching this page.

How can this be viewed outside of the Milwaukee area?

You should put it on YouTube so we all can watch it!

Those were the days my friends!

How can we watch if we don’t live in the area? I have such fond memories of the circus as a kid and just watched the Greatest Showmen with my kids!

Man, I got really excited for a second!

Sue Hill

Katie Testolin

I walked this several years as Annabelle. It was great fun….but a really long walk!

👍👍 definitely going to watch

Mary!

I met Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Borgnine

Amanda Eliz the kids might be interested

As I’m not in the Milwaukee area is there anyway I can see this?

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2 weeks ago
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A happy President's Day one and all. The presidency of the United States has long had an association with the circus arts in America, recognizing its place in lifting the spirits and dreams of a grateful nation. Here is the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush on April 3, 1988, visiting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the DC Armory with his family. In this photo it was Vice President Bush seen "throwing his hat in the ring" declaring his candidacy in the 1988 Presidential election. ... See MoreSee Less

A happy Presidents Day one and all. The presidency of the United States has long had an association with the circus arts in America, recognizing its place in lifting the spirits and dreams of a grateful nation. Here is the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush on April 3, 1988, visiting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the DC Armory with his family. In this photo it was Vice President Bush seen throwing his hat in the ring declaring his candidacy in the 1988 Presidential election.

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And the hat is part of the collections in the Robert L Parkinson Library 🙂