Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus Is Shutting Down After 146 Years — Say Goodbye To The 'Greatest Show On Earth'
So long to the circus!
After 146 years of traveling entertainment and controversy (more on that below), the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is planning on shutting down, offering its final show in May, according to Kenneth Feld, the CEO and producer of the show.
The news was announced Saturday night on the company's website, and cited steadily declining ticket sales to their shows across the country — even after the company stopped using elephants in its tours, at the request of animal rights activists.
Feld stated simply on the site: