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Greatest Show On Earth Bows Out With Last Performance

Greatest Show On Earth Bows Out With Last Performance

"It is sad that the show is closing because this is 'The Greatest Show on Earth, '" Evans said.

As Ringling Bros. prepares to take its final bow before a sold-out crowd at Nassau Coliseum in the suburbs of New York City, circus performers and enthusiasts lamented the shutting down of "The Greatest Show on Earth".

The livestreaming on Facebook Live of the last-ever Ringling Bros. performance will be hosted by Kristen Michelle Wilson, the first female Ringmaster of Ringling Bros.

"We all have to embrace change".

The farewell show, at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on New York's Long Island, was a sell-out, bringing the curtain down on a legacy dating back to 1871, Reuters reports.

"Removing the elephants from the touring units, we saw a very sharp drop in attendance", Field Entertainment's Chief Operating Officer Juliette Feld said. "The decision was even more hard because of the wonderful fans that have become part of our extended circus family over the years, and we are extremely grateful to the millions of families who have made Ringling Bros. part of their lives for generations".

A circus spokesman says homes have been found for the animals that were owned by Ringling, including the tigers, horses and camels.




The decision to end the circus tours was made as a result of high costs coupled with a decline in ticket sales, making the circus an unsustainable business for the company. The Feld family bought the Ringling circus in 1967.

He said every circus has used Ringling Brothers as its compass and inspiration. "PETA is urging everyone to build on this momentum by never buying a ticket to any circus or amusement park that still uses live animals".

Over the years, animal rights activists had targeted Ringling, saying that forcing animals to perform and transporting them around the country amounted to abuse.

"The big show is gone, but circus doesn't have to be", Stephen Craig, one of the show's clowns, said.

For the last time in the show's 146 year history, the sun is set on the Ringling Brothers Circus with a final send off from the CEO. "There are still circus fans".

In the early to mid-20th century, Ringling, which merged with Barnum & Bailey in 1919, was a much-anticipated event. Animal rights activists have called it the "cruelest show on Earth".

Like numerous show's 300 human performers, Vargas said, she plans to take a break before seeking out new opportunities, perhaps in Europe, where many of her castmates hail from.

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