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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on March 10, 2010 at 6:52 am
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The Greatest Show on Earth is in DC

Ringling Bros. circus elephant

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was first called the “Greatest Show on Earth” after the two circuses merged in 1907.¬†¬† And today,¬† Zing Zang Zoom, the latest show from RBB&BC, is a magical version of the “Greatest Show on Earth” led by Zingmaster Alex.¬† It’s now showing at two Washington DC area venues, The Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia and The Verizon Center in Washington DC.

Watch as a 4-ton elephant magically disappears before your eyes followed by 2 female human cannon balls as they are shot from a giant cannon.

Some of the circus highlights that should delight kids of all ages from 3 to 103 include:

  • High-wire acts
  • Dog act featuring a dozen of the cutest pooches ever
  • Clowns, clowns and more clowns
  • Arabian horses
  • The Fernandez Brothers who juggle on spinning ‚Äúdueling wheels‚ÄĚ that circle close to 40 feet of the ground
  • Levitytia, the upside-down Brazilian beauty
  • 12 Bengal and white tigers
  • And of course‚Ķelephants

Ringling Bros. Flaming high wire act

And before each show, check out the FREE backstage pre-show.  Besides meeting the performers and getting an autograph or two, then learn how to juggle or a magic trick or two from Zingmaster Alex.  Or try on a few of the actual costumes used in The Greatest Show On Earth.

Other back stage antics include a low-wire act, watch as an elephant does some painting, and the dogs warm up with some silly tricks.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Zing Zang Zoom
Verizon Center & Patriot Center

Dates & Times - March 18-21, 2010 at the Verizon Center, March 25 ‚Äď April 4, 2010 at the¬† Patriot Center.¬† Show times vary.

Tickets - $7.00 – $110 (depending on location) and are available online or by phone at 202-397-SEAT.

Images – Flickr ‚Äď elephant, flaming trapeze

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