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The Greatest Show On Earth Hits the Hottest State in the South

26 Jul

Each year around the hottest part of the summer Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey, pack up their trucks and come down to North Texas to put on what has been long since deemed “The Greatest Show on Earth”. If you’re under 4 ft tall it’s highly recommended that you attend, although some of the circus people will be around your height. The Barnum 200, aka Blue Tour, is scheduled to be at the American Airlines Center Wednesday, July 27th!

Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey are in North Texas July 27 - Aug 14

For you adults who have never been to the circus and don’t have some kind of related fear of clowns, this is a good starting place; and the good news is that this is also an Air Conditioned Event! Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey has been around forever! About 100 years! Created by James Anthony Bailey and P.T. Barnum, it merged with the Ringling Brothers Circus who purchased them in 1907, and ran the shows separately until 1917. If you thought the show’s name is long now, check out its past names it went under as new investors joined.

All kinds of Excitement under the Big Top

So what makes “The Greatest Show on Earth” so great? Well for one, the amazing animals! For some reason little kids are fascinated with wildlife, and they bring all kinds with them. You’ll see awesome elephants, various breeds of horses, big cats, llamas, goats and more! What’s important is that this circus takes care of their furry coworkers which you can read about here. I know, cause I’ve always wondered “Did they really choose this lifestyle?” and I know they probably didn’t. What elephant raises his trunk and says “Hey let me jump in your truck, sleep in a cage, and tour all year being forced to train and do tricks for screaming kids I’ve never met.” Unless he’s cool with Dr. DoLittle; But enough with the sarcasm, ……the family will love it! Just rest assured that Verbal or physical abuse and the withholding of food or water are strictly prohibited and you can read more on Animal Care at the site.

See the Human Canon!

When I was a lot shorter (around that “too short to ride” age) with a chipmunk pitched voice, I got the chance to go see “The Greatest Show On Earth” and I’m guessing it was at Reunion Arena (now a pile of dust and Maverick memories). There’s just something about the circus you don’t forget. All the things you’re told not to do at home, these people are getting paid to do in front of you but with higher heights, smaller ropes and a net to catch them at the bottom. Kids, don’t try this at home, unless you have a safety net, which I’m almost positive most of you don’t.

Some of the special offers going on now for Ringling Brothers Circus is Babys First Circus, Preferred Customer Offers and Free Commemorative Certificate. Also see your local grocer for possible coupons. Now that Sade & John Legend are gone we can turn the AAC into an indoor zoo that fills the arena & Mavs locker room with a mixture of aromas even Dirk Nowitzki & Cuban could stand for ONLY so long. Check out the schedule below for the Blue Tour. That’s it after August 7th! If you miss them that week drive over to Ft. Worth where they’ll be performing for only 4 days (8/10 – 8/14). Then the gang heads down to Austin! Don’t miss The Greatest Show on Earth! But if you must miss it this year, and you’re a circus fiend you’ve got other options: Cirque du Soleil & UniverSOUL Circus.

Click here for tickets to see the Ringling Brothers and their entourage!

AAC, home of the NBA Champs, hosts the Circus


DALLAS – American Airlines Center

Wed, July 27……………………..7:30pm
Thur, July 28..………10:30am, 7:30pm
Fri, July 29………..10:30am, 7:30pm
Sat, July 30…….11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sun, July 31…….10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm
Tues, Aug 2………………………7:30pm
Wed, Aug 3…………………….…7:30pm
Thur, Aug 4…………………….…7:30pm
Fri, Aug 5……………………..….7:30pm
Sat, Aug 6………11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sun, Aug 7………10:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm

FT. WORTH – Ft. Worth Convention Center

Wed, Aug 10……7:30pm
Thur, Aug 11……7:30pm
Fri, Aug 12…….10:30am, 7:30pm
Sat, Aug 13…….11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sun, Aug 14……..2:30pm

Whew! Talk about a tour! See you under the “big top”.

Dralion Cirque du Soleil – Frisco, TX

26 Jul

Cirque de Soleil is coming to North Texas July 27th and bringing their Asian acrobatic flare with them. For an entire weekend Dralion will use the FC Dallas’ stadium for jaw-dropping acrobatic stunts, amazing live music and eye catching costumes that reflect a 3000 year old Chinese tradition. If the costumes don’t grab your eye the whole entire set is sure to! A wall covered with perforated aluminum tiles takes up the whole length of the stage while a mammoth structure creates the backdrop. The 60 feet wide 26 feet tall metallic set suggests a futurists Chinese temple in some scenes and a giant plate of medieval armor in others.

A set like you've never seen before

Unique culture and Cirque du Soleil always go hand in hand. The source of Dralion’s inspiration comes from Eastern philosophy’s continuous quest for harmony between nature and humans. Dralion is a mixture of the words dragon & lion, but it’s meaning is a little deeper. The lion which symbolizes the west, and the dragon, representing the East, represent the two emblematic creatures of the culture. Witness as the four elements (air, water, fire and earth) which govern the natural order take on human form in Dralion. If you’ve never been to a Cirque du Soleil before, expect colors costumes and patterns that surpass regular creativity and bring the whole stage to life. This fancy smancy circus will be in town from July 27 through July 31, just in time to make way for UniverSoul Circus and the classic Barnum & Bailey. I can only imagine the amount of planning, designing, artwork and more that goes into Dralion. You won’t even realize you’re at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Texas.

For tickets to the Dallas Dralion show (Frisco) you can click here, but don’t expect Ringling Bros. prices. Although they have grand performances, Cirque du Soleil has a way of sneaking in and out of town. I can’t believe we almost missed doing a write-up on it! Get a babysitter, or load up the minivan for a trip out the Frisco to see what surprises Dralion has in store for you and the family! It is like none other! Circus acts at their finest!

If you’d like to see a view previews of the show click here.

There will be two shows on the final date.
For TICKETS visit the Dr. Pepper Arena site or the official Dralion site.

Dralion is directed by Guy Caron

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