The colors! The lights! The special effects! The music! Not to mention the non-stop spectacle of tigers and elephants and acrobats and trapeze artists and clowns! So many clowns!
This time, we saw the circus at a downtown state-of-the-art indoor sports arena. Years ago, it was held every spring at the old Washington Coliseum, 3rd and M NE. The Ringling Brothers circus always used its own colorful train, which sat on the siding along New York Avenue for circus staff to unload, then guide the animals across this busy street, very slowly. Elephants sometimes pulled equipment carts. Other times they walked free, trunk to tail. It was quite a sight and -- once you were caught in the traffic -- there was nothing to do but sit and watch the show.