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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to return without animals

Return of the Circus
Posted at 4:00 PM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 19:02:05-04

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is preparing for a comeback.

Feld Entertainment's chief operating officer Juliette Feld Grossman made the announcement during a panel discussion at the VenuesNow Conference.

“In 2023 we will be relaunching Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus,” she said. “You can see it’s emotional and exciting for us as a family. We really feel that Ringling Bros. has incredible relevance to today’s audience.”

Feld Entertainment owns and operates the circus, which was shut down in May 2017.

The circus had been a staple in America for 146 years.

However, it was subject to protests from animal rights groups who claimed the circus mistreated animals.

Grossman told VenuesNow that the new circus will focus on human performances.