The circus came to town Monday morning as a crowd showed up to watch animals and performers from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus parade to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa.
The animal performers unloaded at 9:30 a.m. at the railroad tracks on the corner of Nuccio Parkway and North Nebraska Avenue, next to Union Station, and made their way through a downtown route to the back of the arena (formerly the St. Pete Times Forum).
The circus will perform its "DRAGONS" show Jan. 4-8 at the Forum. Beginning 90 minutes before each show time, families can get up close with some of their favorite animal performers in the free Animal Open House. And starting one hour before the show, guests can join Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College on the arena floor for the All Access Pre-show, free to all ticket holders.
Tickets, which range from $16 to $85, are available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For group rates and information, call 866-248-8740. For more information, go to Ringling.com or visit them on Facebook.