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Circus animals to arrive in Raleigh Monday

Posted February 5, 2012
Updated February 6, 2012

I've gotten your emails. I know many of you want to know when the animals from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be arriving in Raleigh.

Here's the official word right now: 6:30 p.m., Monday. Please note that these times can change!

The actual arrival time is a moving target and not set in stone, but 6:30 p.m., Monday is the plan right now. The animals will be unloaded from a 53-car-long steel coach on Hillsborough Street across from Dorton Arena on the N.C. State Fairgrounds around 6 p.m.. The best place to see the animal walk is along the road adjacent to the back loading dock of the RBC Center. They will get there around 6:30 p.m.

"Fully Charged" will be at the RBC Center from Wednesday to Sunday with multiple shows. Click here for details and tickets. And here's more information on a Go Ask Mom ticket discount.


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  • catwoman2 Feb 8, 2012


  • shall6 Feb 8, 2012

    Catwoman ... I've emailed the circus to see if they have any guidance ...


  • catwoman2 Feb 8, 2012

    Thank you Sarah. I would imagine it would be sometime after the last show on Sunday. Will check for latest show time.

  • mgratk Feb 7, 2012

    Cyclonictomato, I'd happily watch those animals perform-- I've done so before. And I'd also eat those animals if I got the chance. I'd love it!

  • cyclonictomato Feb 7, 2012

    Are you guys serious? I'm surprised that animal circuses are still allowed to exist. I can't believe that you are going to take your children to watch tortured and abused animals perform for your pleasure. Wow. Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, paid the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history―$270,000―for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) just last November. It saddens me at how excited you all are about this.

  • shall6 Feb 7, 2012

    Not sure catwoman2. The circus ends on Sunday and I believe they leave pretty quickly to get to their next show.


  • catwoman2 Feb 7, 2012

    Do we know when they will return to the train? They were late walking last night.

  • nheadley00 Feb 6, 2012

    That was the coolest thing EVER!

  • dquinn Feb 6, 2012

    Thank you so much for checking! We are excited :)

  • shall6 Feb 6, 2012

    Just checked with the circus ... it's on schedule.