For the first time since 2010, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are coming back to NYC, but a few things have changed since they last hit the Big Apple. The circus' brand-new show, Built to Amaze, will play Brooklyn's brand-new Barclays Center instead of Manhattan's Madison Square Garden, and many readers have been writing in to ask whether they still plan to do their famous (if controversial) elephant parade using a new route.
The answer is: They don't know. We've been in touch with the Ringling folks and an elephant parade is still a possibility, but a final decision won't be made until mid-March. Update: In lieu of a parade, Ringling is hosting an Elephant Dance Party in Dumbo on Wednesday, March 20. Find the info here.
But here's what we know for sure: There are a lot of circus extravaganzas playing New York City this spring, including brand-new shows by Cirque du Soleil, former Ringling star Bello Nock, the return of Legendarium by the Big Apple Circus and more.