Ringling's Final Show Commences After 146 Years in New York

Ringling hasn't said where specifically the rest of the animals will be going after Sunday's show, just that conservation centers have already been found for all the animals.

The clowns, animal acts and acrobats of the storied Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus took their final bow at an arena outside NY on Sunday, with a space-themed balancing act kicking off the farewell performance of the "Greatest Show on Earth" after almost 150 years. That show was the more traditional, three-ring circus, while the one performing this weekend had a narrative storyline.

Gymnasts perform during the last show of the Ringling Bros.

But the shows lost their appeal toward the end of the 20th century, CEO Kenneth Feld told the AP.

After phasing out the elephants, the decline in attendance was "greater than could have been anticipated", the company said.

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Fewer than 40,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild. Oh my. It's curtains for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

"There's a lot of mixed emotions, said Rev. George "Jerry" Hogan, Ringling's circus chaplain".

Ringling Bros was the last American circus that travelled by rail.

Ringling Bros was the last American circus that travelled by rail. "PETA is urging everyone to build on this momentum by never buying a ticket to any circus or amusement park that still uses live animals".

The battle over animal rights dealt a seemingly fatal blow to the circus - Ringling had been targeted by organizations like PETA who consider it cruel to force animals to perform.

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The news earlier this year of Ringling's closure stunned her to near speechlessness, she said. And Barnum & Bailey Circus, said back in January.

"The big show is gone, but circus doesn't have to be", Stephen Craig, one of the show's clowns, said.

He drove from his home in CT for the final show at 7pm Sunday, the last of about 350 Ringling performances he has attended.

Feld Entertainment will continue with other productions such as Frozen on Ice, Marvel Live, Supercross, Monster Trucks and Disney on Ice. Set in futuristic outer space, it included performances with big cats, motorcycles, clowns, ice skaters, aerialists and basketball players.

The circus which began in 1871 as as P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome was bought by its current parent company, Feld Entertainment in 1967. Williams is a lifelong circus fan and hopes her daughter will remember the show.

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The Danguir high wire troupe performs during a show, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Mustafa Danguir is the first in his family to perform in the circus. Animal rights activists have called it the "cruelest show on Earth".

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