Every year big red & white stripe tents pop up in our local area and it means one thing... the CIRCUS is in town. This year, the Bouglione Circus scheduled a show about 5 mins from our house.
I never realized the Bouglione family has been in the circus business since 1930. I love the old school style... big colorful tent and lots of caravans. I'm amazed they were able to fit everything into the small parking lot where they set up. Leave it to the Europeans... they can do a lot with a tiny space.
Artsy Boy & I were really excited to see the show. The only circus shows I've ever seen were back in the US... Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey's. And the shows are always held in really large venues. The shows are spectacular but I'm a small venue kind of grrrl. But I have to day I was really curious about the acts considering the size of the tent.
On the day of the performance, we left the house early so we'd have plenty of time to park. I even let C skip Solfege (Music Class). But when we arrived we found the place empty. There were maybe 25 to 30 people in the audience. Talk about small! The tent could have easily fit a couple of hundred people. I loved it but I did feel bad for the performers. A small crowd can only clap so loud.
C & I had fantastic seats. This particular photo was taken without any type of zoom. We could literally have touched the leopard. C was thrilled. He loves cats... big ones... little ones... he loves them all.
All of the performances were brillant! I was really impressed. We saw jugglers, acrobats, clowns, funny dog acts, women being spun around at record speed while a man on rollerblades held them with a ring around his neck. etc.
Some acts were downright scary like when the horses were running in rings. I actually considered switching seats for fear of a stampeade.
During one part of the show, a clown walked around asking for volunteers. C surprised me by volunteering. I was so proud of him.
Once all the kids were in the ring the clown had them play musical chairs. It was really funny. And in the end, the last child to get a seat was Artsy Boy!
We had a fabulous time and we're looking forward to the next time we see a red & white stripe tent. ;)