The End Of Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus | NBC Nightly News


TAKES US TO ONE LAST
SHOW UNDER THE BIG
TOP. >>WELCOME TO THE
GREATEST SHOW ON
EARTH! ♪

>>Reporter: HARD TO BELIEVE, MAYBE BECAUSE
IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S
ALWAYS BEEN THERE BUT AFTER 146 YEARS, THIS
CIRCUS IS COMING TO
TOWN ONE LAST TIME. SO WHAT DID YOU SEE
THAT YOU LIKED?
>>TIGERS. >>Reporter: TIGER.
THOSE AMAZING MOMENTS
THAT HAD US HOLDING OUR BREATH, GASPING
AND GIGGLING.
NOW VIVID MENTAL SNAPSHOTS THE NEXT
GENERATION WILL NOT
SHARE. >>IT’S A SHAME.
IT’S AN AMERICAN ICON.
>>Reporter: ALSO VANISHING, A WAY OF
LIFE.
7-YEAR-OLD ADRIANA IS A FIFTH GENERATION
CIRCUS PERFORMER.
>>I’LL MISS EVERYTHING.
>>Reporter: GRANT WAS
PRESIDENT WHEN RINGLING BROTHERS
WOWED OUR NATION.
TICKETS COST JUST 50 CENTS.
>>WHAT IT BROUGHT TO
TOWNS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY WERE THE
WONDERS OF THE WORLD.
>>Reporter: BUT RINGLING SAYS TODAY
THE DIGITAL GENERATION
WANTS YOUTUBE. PERSISTENT ANIMAL
RIGHTS PROTEST LED THE
CIRCUS TO RETIRE THE ELEPHANT ACTS LAST
YEAR AND UNEXPECTEDLY,
AUDIENCES STOPPED COMING.
WITH THE CLOSING THE
OTHER ANIMALS WILL GO TO SANCTUARIES OR
EUROPEAN CIRCUSES.
>>WE’RE HEART BROKEN. WE LOVE DOING WHAT WE
DO.
>>Reporter: THE FINAL SHOWS ARE SOLD OUT.
ONE LAST CHANCE TO OH
AND AWE AND MAKE LASTING MEMORIES.
>>I’M GLAD SHE GETS
TO EXPERIENCE IT AT LEAST ONCE.
>>Reporter: THE BIG
TOP FOLDING UP FOREVER.
>>TO THE GREATEST

Dereck Turner

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