Ringling Bros. says goodbye
Last Hurrah for the Dazzling Business of the Circus
Ready to pack it in after 146 years, Ringling Bros. brings its Greatest Show on Earth to Barclays Center one more time. What killed the big top?
Brooklyn dwellers dreaming of quitting their jobs and running away to the circus will have to find another escape.
The circus is dead.
In January, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus announced that the current season of their self-proclaimed Greatest Show on Earth would be its last. The reason, of course, was business. Isn’t it always? After years of conflict with PETA and other animal rights organizations, the 146-year-old institution removed—some say, set free—the live elephants used in the shows. But one step forward for animal safety is apparently two steps back on the balance sheet. The kids stopped coming.
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