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Circus announces time for Monday's animal walk

Posted February 6, 2011

Here's the official word on when you should be able to catch the animals of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus actually arrive in Raleigh.

The show comes to town in a 53-car-long steel coach. The animals will be unloaded from the train at 8 p.m. Monday on Hillsborough Street across from Dorton Arena on the N.C. State Fairgrounds. I'm told the best place to see the animal walk is along the road adjacent to the back loading dock of the RBC Center around 8:30 p.m. or so.

As I wrote in an earlier post, this can be a moving target. All times and routes are subject to change without notice.

The all-new show, Barnum's FUNundrum, will offer ten performances at the RBC Center from Wednesday through Sunday. We've got a ticket discount for some of the show. Check this earlier post for more on that.


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  • shall6 Feb 9, 2011

    To the last two readers ... sorry for any confusion. Our contest for free tickets was back in January, a few days after we announced the ticket discount. Here's a link to it:


  • Iwasthinkin Feb 9, 2011

    Quite annoyed to see on a different site from WRAL that there was a contest to win tickets to the Circus that is now CLOSED! When were YOU going to have your contest or is this the same one you didn't get around to telling us about?!?!?

  • Iwasthinkin Feb 9, 2011

    Wondering when you will get around to offering the free tickets. Trying to wait patiently!....Thanks

  • shall6 Feb 8, 2011

    Thanks bylagoon! I'm not at all disappointed. I am happy to provide a forum for people to share their thoughts and raise their concerns.


  • bylagoon Feb 8, 2011

    Sarah I hope you are not disappointed by the comments readers have posted in response to your report. As more and more people see the photos of a Ringling Bros baby elephant training session it is impossible to remain silent about the horrible and inhumane life these circus animals are forced to live to entertain audiences. We now realize they has been deceiving and lying to families for decades. Just because you provide food, shelter and vet care for an animal doesn’t give the circus the right to abuse and beat these animals to make them perform.
    WRAL should reconsider all the free advertisement and reporting they’ve provided for Ringling Bros Circus for decades by announcing and reporting on their circus, and provide families with all the irrefutable proof there is of animal abuse under the Big Top. Long ago the Circus’s motto was, “a sucker is born every minute.” They’ve been taking all of us on this sucker ride for way to long.

  • genegeneandnancy Feb 7, 2011

    Under a circus tent performing tricks is hardly the environment meant for these sad.

  • jkca Feb 6, 2011

    No way will I support any circus that involves animals.

  • angiednhenryj Feb 6, 2011

    yey, !!... go view some poor motherless animals, snapped into poses to entertain you........

  • cabswife Feb 6, 2011

    "Please consider going to an animal free circus. Every major circus that uses animals has been cited for violating the minimal standards of care set forth in the United States Animal Welfare Act (AWA)." -cshmaae

    great post and information, thanks! I know my kids would love the Circus, but it just doesn't seem right to pay money to people who force animals to live their lives in boxcars. I don't even want to know what those poor animals must go through as far as training...

  • cashmaae Feb 6, 2011

    Please consider going to an animal free circus. Every major circus that uses animals has been cited for violating the minimal standards of care set forth in the United States Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

    Get the facts before you attend:

    Big Cat Rescue is a wonderful sanctuary that rescues big cats from situations of neglect and abuse including several cats from circuses. Check out all the cats they have rescued and what you can do to help at