Great Circus Parade


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Great Circus Parade

Mid-July
The Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a re-creation of a 19th-century circus street pageant. Featuring more than 60 historic circus wagons, 700 horses, wild animals in cages, and hundreds of musicians, clowns, and costumed participants, this annual procession begins with the loading of the half-mile-long circus train at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo. Horses are used to load the flatcars according to traditional circus methods, and the train then embarks on a three-day, 382-mile journey through Wisconsin, arriving in Milwaukee after making several stops at communities in the central and eastern part of the state.
The parade follows a three-mile route through downtown Milwaukee. The wagons are part of the Circus World Museum's collection of historic wagons and show vehicles, many of which have undergone extensive restoration. A display of circus wagons and performances under the Big Top can be seen at Milwaukee's Veterans' Park, which is transformed into the Great Circus Parade Showgrounds for the week of festivities in mid-July.
CONTACTS:
Circus World Museum
550 Water St., Hwy. 113
Baraboo, WI 53913
866-693-1500 or 608-356-8341; fax: 608-356-1800
www.circusparade.com