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Our Fun at the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Dragons Circus

Last night we had so much fun at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Dragons circus! This is an absolute must-see show and is, indeed, the greatest show on earth! We enjoyed everything about the show and in fact, we took nearly 600 photos! Whoa, right!? It took forever to go through and pick which ones I would share because I really wanted to show you everything! But, I narrowed it down so take a look at the highlights from our circus night!

Ringling Bros ClownsWe were blessed with a very early admittance to the preshow fun and ended up being some of only a few people there that were not part of the circus! We really enjoyed talking with the clowns, letting the kids walk around and play and have fun with the clowns. The clowns and performers were incredibly friendly and willing to make sure the kids had fun! It was an amazing experience!

Preshow Circus FunThere were so many photos from the preshow event that I really had to narrow it and make a collage so I wouldn’t give you a photo overload post (which, I kinda am anyway!)! You can see the kids had an amazing time with the clowns! They played with the ribbons, the musical instruments, tried on wardrobe, pet the animals and even tried their arms at juggling! It truly was adorable watching them!

Addy on Circus SwingAddy even got a try at swinging with the help of the performers and a clown! She didn’t quite know what to think, but she was more than willing to do it! LA wouldn’t go near the swing and the performers.

Clown Talk at the Circus We got the chance to speak with some of the clowns/performers, too. This guy above was fun! He saw my belly, asked “another one?” and when I said yes, he had to say “hello” to baby! It was cute! He wasn’t talking much, but he was having fun with the kids. Come to find out this clown didn’t speak much English and his primary language is Spanish. I was trying to ask him how long he had been with Ringling Bros. when I realized this and I quickly remembered a BIT of Spanish from “back in the day” and said “mucho anos?” haha! I really don’t think that’s correct, but he completely understood and told me that he had been here with Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus for “uno” year and before that he was performing in Columbia and France for “siete” years. There was a huge language gap, but it was fun connecting with this clown. He touched my heart!

We spoke with another clown who had been with this circus for 17 years!!!! Can you believe that!? He joked that his clown makeup covered up his wrinkles! haha! Well, after learning that they travel for 23 months and have one month off before doing it all again I was even more shocked! That’s dedication to travel/work that many months in a row for 17 years! Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey performs all over the United States and in Mexico during their 23 month tours.

Ringling Brothers SignAfter our preshow fun, there was much more fun to be had from our seats. The show was about to begin and we had no idea that we really were about to see the greatest show on earth!

Ringling Brothers Ring MasterThe ring master of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is Johnathan Iverson. He really is a fabulous voice for the circus and is so entertaining! I Tweeted him during the show and he replied during one of his “off stage” moments! I was pretty excited about that! I asked him how long he had been with Ringling Bros, and he said 15 years!!! Another employee with true dedication to the circus!

Ring Master Tweet

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baileys Circus

Circus Horse AnimalsOne part that Addy loved was the horses and their performers. She adores horses and she was cheering so much for these performers and their amazing horses! They put on a spectacular show that had me raising my eyebrows and gasping in surprise and fear for them!

Lions and TigersIf you follow me on Instagram you saw that I joked about Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey bringing the right animals for Detroit sports fans…Tigers and Lions! <3 Watching how well trained these animals were was amazing! They are beautiful, large and can be scary, but this trainer seemed to have it all under control to give everyone a great show!

acrobatsNow this…ouch. I cannot even imagine being these ladies…they are hanging from their hair while performing! Can you believe that!? Another amazing thing to watch in the show.

Ringling Brothers Dogs We are dog lovers here so seeing the dogs perform was another highlight for us! They were adorable and had some spectacular stunts to show off!

Circus performersThese performers were fun, too! I loved watching their flexibility and their talent in catching one another, standing 3-4 people high and more!

Circus Elephants What’s a circus without elephants!? Oh what a show these giant creatures put on!

Ringling Brothers performers Every moment of the show was fun and exciting! These performers brought more to the show and the music and dancing was an added bonus!

Circus BikersI wish I had thought to video this on my phone because this picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice. There were SEVEN motorbikes in this ball driving around in circles, faster than I would have thought possible! I cannot even imagine getting into this! These performers have to trust their co-workers completely because if one person were to mess up….it could be quite scary. They drove in circles up and around the ball and it was an amazing thing to watch! My husband was really into this performance!

DragonsDon’t miss THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus presents DRAGONS! It truly is spectacular and you won’t be disappointed!

The circus is still in metro Detroit for the weekend! You can get your tickets for these remaining shows and don’t forget to use the discount code below to save some money!
Saturday, November 16 there will be three shows at the following times:  11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 17 there will be two shows at the following times: 1pm and 5pm
You can purchase tickets for $18 each with the discount code 18MOM. The code is valid on any performance (excluding VIP tickets). You can also purchase tickets from Ticketmaster’s site.
Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador and I was given a family four pack of  tickets to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. 
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