Circus helping out Habitat for Humanity HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus is in Houston, but this time, the circus isn't here just to clown around; it's helping build a home in northeast Harris County.
"Who are the great performers that people love the best? Who are the entertainers that leave you most impressed? Who makes the circus grander the moment they appear?"
Whether you're a newcomer to The Greatest Show On Earth or a card-carrying member of the Circus Fans Association of America, you know the answer. Their very presence can eclipse the most spectacular of human efforts. They are of course the members of the world's most famous menagerie, those fabulous animals of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. It happens time and again. Daring men and women with the skill to spin audiences into a tizzy are brought low by the majesty of a lion, the high hopping feats of a kangaroo, or the adorable factor of a pony. Yet, we all bend a figurative knee, two-legged mammals and all, to the Biggest Stars On Earth, those World Famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Elephants.
I learned two things upon joining The Greatest Show On Earth over 15 years ago. 1) No matter how spectacularly talented you think you might be, every human being whose ever been privileged to be cast in the longest-running hit show in the world understands, without question, that top billing belongs to the four-legged mammals and 2) circus at its purest is a celebration of living things at their utmost. This is why that sacred relationship between human and animal continues to captivate audiences across the United States. No matter how some might dare to distort that relationship through emotionally hyped campaigns, the tens of millions who continue to congregate at Ringling Bros. after nearly 145 years, filling arenas across the United States witness the "professional and extremely humane conditions" of the world's most renowned menagerie. ...
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