The Circus comes to Town

In a dazzling display of colors and lights, the circus came to the town of San Pedro. Circo Suarez Hermanos was transported to the island by a barge loaded with many trucks full of fun. They had quite a time maneuvering through the tight streets of San Pedro to get to their final destination point.

Setting up the event took half of the day and most of the night on Wednesday, but by Thursday evening, the circus was ready to begin. Some of the performers are fourth and fifth generation of the Suarez family who founded the circus in 1872, or 126 years ago. The circus, which is from Mexico tours North and South America, and even Europe. When touring outside of San Pedro the equipment is hauled in as many as ten tractor trailers and animals that are featured include polar bears, camels, tigers and elephants. Performers, set up crew and vendors total around 150 people. Horses and acrobatic riders started the show, followed by many shapes and sizes of dogs in a variety of costumes.

Children were delighted by the appearance of "Barney" the purple dinosaur and had an opportunity to join him in the ring, as well as pose for pictures. Two teasing clowns entertained the crowd as the crew set up different equipment for a variety of acts, including a contortionist bending and twisting like a rubber "Gumby," a balancing act, and an amazing juggler. A person from the crowd assisted the "goucho" as he used his ropes to flip a cigarette from the mouth of the wide eyed volunteer.

Last but never least, the Grand Finale, the trapeze act. The crowd gasped in terror as one artist fell to the net on a triple midair somersault. Masses of young and old were entertained as the circus came to town and are looking forward to the time when they return to La Isla Bonita.

The Circus comes to Town

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