'Oh, God save the human cannonball': Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes its last DC stop | Zach Everson

‘Oh, God save the human cannonball’: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes its last DC stop

That feeling when you forget to smuggle in snacks to the circus and end up paying $24 for popcorn and cotton candy. But hey, the hat was included!

That feeling when you forget to smuggle in snacks to the circus and end up paying $24 for popcorn and cotton candy. But hey, the hat was included!

Saturday my daughters and I saw one of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus final DC shows (after 146 years, it’s closing May 21). Some observations:

  • Apparently the way to get people to attend the circus is to announce the circus is closing.
  • Comparisons of the Trump administration to a circus are off base. Guessing a bunch of the entertainers will lose their jobs next month, but not a single one neglected to perform his or her act before walking out of the ring.
  • The animal tamer lay down with a lion sprawled across him and I suspect his thoughts were similar to mine when one of my kids lies down atop me: content but a bit nervous.
  • Yes, in case you’re wondering, the ring master did acknowledge that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was ending its run, but not until the end of the show.
  • If fans at the final performance rush the rings to pillage circus items as souvenirs—like New Yorkers did to Yankee Stadium in 1973 when it was about to be shuttered for two years of renovations—I’m totally interested in buying the metal cage the motorbikes zoom around in. Only I’d put myself in it and just hamster-ball it around DC.

Thanks to my mom and dad—whose SBIR proposal consultant website you should totally check out—for the circus tickets!

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