Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus

Recently my family and I went to the Circus. I don't know how many years its been since the last time i went to a circus (same for my husband). This was the first time our kiddo had ever been, so this was such a special memory we all have. I felt like such a kid again! Although I do not like clowns, the ones there didn't bother me a whole lot. They honestly didn't look that scary, they almost reminded me of rodeo clowns with the way they were dressed. Of course they had clown makeup on which is creepy enough, but thankfully we were not up close and personal with any of them. Before it all began, we were able to go down on the floor and see some of the performers up close. Due to crappy traffic, we were a bit late, but we were at least able to see some of the jugglers and acrobats!

clowns setting up something

When the show began, there was a bit of a procession with all of the performers. They went all the way around the inside floor singing and waving to everyone. It was so bright and colorful, we all loved it!

This was so much fun

Then they introduced the ring master. This guy had more glitter and rhinestones on his outfit than any burlesque dancer I have ever seen! I couldn't get any good pictures of how sparkly it was since I only brought my phone. But man oh man, trust me when I say that it was bedazzled to high hell!

I forgot to say, that before the show started, the crew members wheeled in these strange balls and hooked them into straps that pulled them in the air. We were all trying to guess what exactly was in them. There were 6 of them total. Surprise surprise when they introduced the show and the covers came off, there were people in them!!! 

After the intro, they rolled out this big globe and I knew what was up. I remember faintly seeing this wheel with motorcycles in it when I was a kid. I was pumped! So they started off with 4 motorcycles in. It was loud, and they went fast, but it was pretty cool. 

Then they stopped, and the ring master said that they wanted to add another. You heard a collective "ooh" from the whole crowd, then another motorcycle hopped in. They all went around a bit, and then they stopped again. This time the ring master said that they wanted to add two more. This bringing the total to 7. Again, everyone in the crowd "ooh, aah" and in the two went. They rolled around a bit, and then they stopped. The ring master said they wanted to add in one last person. The last rider was a woman, which was totally badass. So she went in, and they started going round and round. It was really cool, but really nerve wrecking at the same time. I kept saying to myself "please don't run into each other!" I would hate for my kids first time at the circus to end with a bad motorcycle collision. They kept on going round and round, and then the lights went out and they turned on the black light. It was so freaking cool looking!!
again, apologies for the crappy photos

There were  'jugglers' there too. Well I don't really know if a juggler is the right title. I took a video of them, Someone tell me what exactly I should call these ladies!

 This group of men were pretty cool! They have some serious skill too! Please forgive my annoying commentary...I have come to the realization that I am SEVERELY annoying.

There was a mini parade of farm animals and tiny dogs too. Totally random and unexpected, but really cute! They somehow had two Kangaroos there too. Now that was really bizarre!

Then there was fire, and acrobats were around and about! These were cool, but I don't think anything was cooler than the people on the motorcycle on the high wire!!!

I look ridiculous, but I had such a fun time!

Probably my least favorite act was the lion tamer. First of all, this guy looked like a young David Hasselhoff. I'm so freaking serious about that. But anyway the reason I didn't really like this act, was because you could tell that the animals were totally done with him, this circus shit, and humans in general. I think I would die being in a cage with one of these animals, let alone the 6 or 8 (i forget how many were all in there) of them.

There were a few times that I thought dude was going to get eaten. I'm serious! One of the lions kept creeping closer and closer to him, and hissing and growling. At one point she went within 5 feet of him and he jumped back like lightning. He kind of shook it off when he realized that he was grasping on to the cage side for his life. For the most part the animals did their tricks and there didn't seem to be a whole lot of conflict. And there were cute moments like this:

But then you had the king of the jungle doing a dog and pony show, ultimately ending the show with him sitting atop a massive disco ball as it rose like 5 feet in the air. He couldn't even. I bet he wanted to eat every last human at that circus.

Now before anyone decides to give me shit about going to the circus and "supporting the mistreatment of animals" It was the circus. It was a completely new and exciting experience for my kid and I know that he will remember it and cherish it. Like I said, the lion tamer was my least favorite thing, but the rest of the experience was so much fun and exciting. 

For some reason I wasn't able to upload photos of the people on the trapeze. That makes me sad considering that is my absolute favorite part of the circus. But they were amazing! The Circus ended with a closing procession, again with all of the performers walking by and waving to all of us in the audience. It was definitely as much fun as I remember when I was a kid. I'm so glad that we were all able to go!

Nerdy love to ya!

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Texas. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!