Elephants Set To Parade Streets of Tampa

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Dec. 29. Will Brandon families join Tampa residents along the parade route for animal performers set to kick off the 143rd edition of “The Greatest Show on E


Brandon families and residents are invited to join their Tampa counterparts in witnessing a parade of pachyderms from Union Station to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday, Dec. 29.

There, "The Greatest Show on Earth" is set to kick off with performers from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' 143rd edition show, "Built To Amaze!"


Animal Performers March: Dec. 29 Parade Lineup

The Ringling Bros. animal performers will unload 10:30 am.

The walk will begin 11 a.m. at the railroad tracks near the corner of Nuccio Parkway and North Nebraska Avenue, next to Union Station.

The circus animals will walk:

  • West on Cass Street.
  • South (left) on Morgan Street.
  • East (left) on Channelside Drive, in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
  • South (right) on Old Water Street.
  • Ending around the back of the arena, to the show's Animal Open House.


5 Things To Know "The Greatest Show on Earth" 

  • "Built To Amaze!" is the 143rd edition of "The Greatest Show on Earth," presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
  • The circus features elephants, tigers, acrobats and aerialists from across the globe, "each a spectacular piece of the puzzle, froming one exquisite design of magnifecence and precision."
  • "From the blueprints to the band, from the crates to the clowns, from the hammer to the high wire comes one breathtaking performance of non-stop thrills so astonishing you have to see it to believe it."
  • The show's world premier is Jan. 2-6, 2013, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.


2013 "Built To Amaze" Tampa Performance Dates

Wed., Jan. 2    7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 3    7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 4    7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 5    11:30 a.m.
   3:30 p.m.
   7:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 6    1 p.m.
   5 p.m.


Ticket Prices For "Built To Amaze"

Jan. 2-4  $85    Circus Celebrity $65    Front Row $35    VIP $28 $22 $16 Jan. 5 and 6   $100    Circus Celebrity $70    Front Row $40    VIP $30 $24 $16


HR3359TEAPA December 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM
The overwhelming evidence and documentation of the abuse animals endure in Ringling Bros. service, as well as the $270,000 settlement fine paid by Ringling Bros. for violations of the Animal Welfare Act - the largest ever assessed to an animal exhibitor by the USDA - is irrefutable. http://www.ad-international.org/adi_usa/go.php?id=2493 Ringling Bros. dismissed this “settlement” as “the cost of doing business.” Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, testified under oath that his trainers routinely hit elephants with bullhooks, whip them, and use electric prods on them. He even admitted to witnessing this. http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/10/ringling-bros-elephant-abuse Animals in circuses and traveling shows are subject to inhumane confinement: lions and tigers are housed in cramped cages, majestic elephants are shackled and chained in trucks and train box cars; training methods utilize violence, fear, and intimidation to make animals perform ridiculous unnatural stunts. For the few minutes you see animals“performing” they suffer a lifetime of misery. Not only is the physical abuse appalling, but the deprivation of any natural behaviors, choices and instincts is cruel.
HR3359TEAPA December 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Countries around the world, as well as municipalities in the United States, have partial or full bans on circus with animals. The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 3359, is a bill extremely vital to the lives of these animals, to ending this cruelty and ensuring the safety of the public. This federal bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in circuses and traveling shows. http://breakthechainus.com/ The more knowledgeable the public becomes about the suffering of circus animals and the serious safety issues involved with using dangerous animals in performances, the less inclined they will be to support, promote, employ and attend circuses that abuse and exploit animals. If we all make a more informed and compassionate choice we can end this abuse and cruelty. Instead of glorifying this archaic animal abusing institution let's work towards ending the suffering of these magnificent animals.


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