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Ringling Bros. Is Fully Charged In DC

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2012 Elephant Parade – Capitol Fun – 03-13-12
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If you didn’t realize from the giant Elephant Parade last week, the circus is in town. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Fully Charged Tour spent the weekend in Chinatown for a slate of shows at the Verizon Center. The circus will continue in Baltimore for the rest of the month and then head to Fairfax for a run of performances.

Ringling Bros.’ return to the DC-area wasn’t welcomed by all. PETA asked Mayor Gray to investigate claims of animal abuse and protesters were out in force outside the Verizon Center urging families not to see The Greatest Show on Earth. PETA has also recently released a new video starring Alec Baldwin pleading for a boycott of animal-featured circuses.

Regardless of the controversy, the show is a spectacle beyond any other where the best moments are found sans elephants, tigers, or other animals. An overwhelming mixture of human feats will surely draw the attention of any young child.

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2012 DC Pachyderm Parade

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Circus Parade
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The circus is back in town! In case you’ve missed the advertising, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will be performing at the Verizon Center March 15th to the 18th. Every year Ringling Bros. comes into town, they parade their elephants from the railroad south of the Capitol Building to the Verizon Center. Dubbed the Pachyderm Parade, it’s always a cool time to see a bunch of elephants walk through the middle of downtown DC.

This year the parade is Tuesday March 13th. They’re doing something different by parading the pachyderms through downtown at night, starting around 8pm. Well worth taking the time to see; here’s a link to the parade route. And there are a bunch of restaurants and bars in Chinatown and Penn Quarter doing specials; called Clown Around Downtown Happy Hour, it makes another good reason to come out and enjoy the sight.

And if you’re interested, I’m organizing a meetup of photographers through my DC Social group on Flickr. If you want to go running around with a bunch of photogs, you’re welcome to join us; all skill levels are welcome, including non-photo people. And if you do take pics, be sure to tag your shots with “2012 Pachyderm Parade” and I’ll do a recap for Thursday.

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The Greatest Show on Earth Makes its Way to the District

‘Elephant with Green Hat’
courtesy of ‘Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie’

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls…it’s that time of year again! Who doesn’t love the circus? The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are coming to town next week, complete with a grand entrance and all. The circus will kick off the festivities with its annual elephant parade to Capitol Hill.

Starting at Virginia Avenue SE and ending at the Verizon Center, the parade is set to start at 1pm on March 16th. This year’s special guests appearing in the parade are the Washington Nationals Presidents. So grab the kiddies and catch the show! It starts March 18th at the Verizon Center.