The circus came to town - the annual ritual of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus was again performed.
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Background: The circus came to town - the annual ritual of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus was again performed. From the railway yards on New York City's Sunnyside to Madison/Square Gardens trooped 30 elephants, a zebra named Pasha, a brown pony called Zonya and an aloof llema dubbed Muax, March 31.
Helping to guide the animals on their trek across Queensborough Bridge and down Second Avenue was clown Earl Shiplay. Ahead of the now-familiar procession - which heralds the opening of the Spring circus season - drove a police-car and an animal protection society wagon, and 28-year-old circus veteran elephant Mynyak.
It wasn't the best of day's to greet the circus - rain intermittently drizzled down - but New Yorkers forgot the weather as head to tail the elephants lumbered through the streets, deliberately side-stepping into puddles for a quick drink.
For the next 46 days and nights Madison/Square Gardens will be alive with colour and thrills, until the 'Big Top' is taken down and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey performers leave for another town.