As early as the 1840s, circus impresarios understood the importance of the parade as a way to impress potential audiences. Enjoy a selection of posters dating from 1848 to 1920 and imagine the excitement of the “The Most Magnificent Street Spectacle Ever Seen,” the circus parade.
Friends of the Ringling Legacy celebrate the history of John and Mable Ringling and their vision for their home, art museum, and the circus that made it all possible. Friends of the Ringling Legacy will have unique opportunities to explore Ca' d'Zan, the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum and the Bayfront Gardens.
Each visitor will be led through a series of performance encounters ranging from the intimate to the spectacular in elaborate experiments that will uncover the psychogeographic qualities of The Ringling galleries and gardens.
The American circus has often reached out to the rich traditions of the global circus community. Hear the stories of these performers and entrepreneurs who brought their talent and skills to American, enriching this already phenomenally popular entertainment.
In honor of World Circus Day admission to the Circus Museum will be free. We will also be hosting special art activities from 11:00am to 2:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!