The Ringling Brothers Circus Takes Its Final Bow-"

A circus performer hangs upside down during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Washington, DC on March 19, 2015. Across America through the decades, children of all ages delighted in the arrival of the circus, with its retinue of c

The show will no longer go on. After 146 years, the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus held its final performance Sunday before a sold-out crowd at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York. 

Shrinking attention spans and pressure by animal activist groups to eliminate live elephants performing on the show last May contributed to the demise of the circus.

In the 1800’s, Phineas Taylor Barnum's traveling show of animals and human oddities, and the five Ringling brothers' juggling act and skits in Wisconsin merged and performed across the country, traveling by train (some still do, to this day). The Feld family bought the Ringling circus in 1967.

The final performance ended with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne." Before the show, a Ringling Bros. spokesman said, "it really is the end of an era."

Source: USA Today

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