Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was an American traveling circus company. It and its predecessor shows ran from 1871 to 2017. The circus performed its final show on May 21, 2017, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. P. T. Barnum and James Anthony Bailey merged their circuses in 1919.
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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was an American traveling circus company. It and its predecessor shows ran from 1871 to 2017. The circus performed its final show on May 21, 2017, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and closed after 146 years. P. T. Barnum and James Anthony Bailey merged their circuses in 1919. After 1957, the circus no longer exhibited under its own portable \”big top\” tents, instead using permanent venues such as sports stadiums and arenas. In 1971, the Felds and Hofheinz sold the circus to Mattel, buying it back from the toy company in 1981. Since the death of Irvin Feld in 1984, the Circus had been a part of Feld Entertainment, an international entertainment firm headed by his son Kenneth Feld, with its headquarters in Ellenton, Florida. The Ringling brothers had a small circus at the same time as the Barnum&Bailey Circus. This was about the time that the Baraboo Circus started touring the eastern United States. The Barnum and Bailey Circus opened in 1884, in the Tufts campus and Jumbo was a prominent part of the display. To this day, Jumbo and its athletic teams are referred to as the “Jumbos” and “Jumboos” Barnum served as one of the trustees of Tufts’ Museum of Natural History on whose board of Trustees Barnum was a member. After Jumbo died, Barnum donated his taxideried remains to Tufts University on whose trustees’ board he was also a trustee.
In 1891 Barnum bought the circus from his widow and continued touring the United States until he took his circus to Europe until he died in 1891. That year, he took the circus on a tour of the eastern U.S. and Europe. That tour started on December 27, 1897, and lasted until Separately, in 1894. In 1897, five of the seven Ringling brothers had started a small Ringling Brothers circus at the Baraboo Convention in Wisconsin. In 1898, the Ringlingbrothers and Baraboos convened in New York City for the first time. The Ringling Brothers and Barabos Convened in New York for the second time in 1899. In 1901, the two circuses combined and toured Europe. In 1903, they toured Europe for the third time, touring Europe and the Middle East. In 1904, they began touring the western United States for the fourth time. In 1905, they returned to New York and began touring Europe again. In 1906, they merged with the Ringling Brother’s World’s Greatest Shows, which had been created by James Anthony Bailey and James E. Cooper. The two groups agreed to combine their shows on March 28, 1881. The combined show was named \”P. T Barnum’s Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome”
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