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Ringling Bros. Circus Parades Through Downtown Tampa

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performers' parade was led by Asian elephants with police escorts on their way to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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.

Kendra Cummings January 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Hi Kitt. Just wanted to let you know that the parade was led by Ginger. Mrs.Bonnie Feld is actually riding the elephant.
Ellie January 03, 2012 at 02:04 PM
My family is no longer willing to overlook Ringling Bros Circus animal violations. Their last USDA fine of $270,000 for 24 violations of the Animal Welfare Act was just more proof that they do not treat their exotic animals humanely no matter what they say. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/FEI_signed_agreement.pdf. This exotic circus animal abuse is so egregious and well documented that 13 members of House of Representatives are co-sponsoring H.R. Bill 3359 Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. http://www.pawsweb.org/documents/TravelingExoticAnimalProtectionAct.pdf It is wrong for society to continue to ignore all the evidences that Ringling Bros has abused its exotic animals for decades. We won’t go back unless and until they retire all of their exotic animal acts that is the only way I can be sure that no animals were abused to entertain my family.
Alessandra Da Pra January 03, 2012 at 02:16 PM
@Kendra: Thanks for catching that.
Alessandra Da Pra January 03, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Does anyone else feel the same?
Don January 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Yes, animal-circuses are institutionalized forms of animal abuse. There's no reason to expose our kids to watching wild animals do unnatural tricks especially when we know the animals suffer for this entertainment at our expense.

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