Mid-April Ringling Report
Every parent is proud of their kids. I am no different.
I never pushed clowning or the circus as an occupation for either of them. Like most parents, I dreamed of them having stable well-paying occupations! But the love of the clown was born in both of them. They could no more avoid it than I could when I first fell in love.
If you are new to this blog, let me catch you up: Both my kiddos are with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Julia is in her first year clowning with “Built to Amaze” (Red Unit). DJ is in his second year with “Legends” (Blue Unit).
Because they have their breaks at different times of the year, it is rare they get to see each other. However, recently the two circus routes were close enough in Virginia and their schedules allowed a visit!
It is a much anticipated reunion of the Ringling clown alleys. A great time to share stories of the road and laugh — a lot!
It means more for Julia and DJ as they get to reunite as siblings. Yes, DJ is my adopted son, but two siblings could not be closer than these two.
Of course I made them send me pictures! Maybe next year I need to go to Virginia!
If the circus comes to town don’t be shy to identify yourself as a fellow clown or Moose Camper to my kiddos. If you are along their circus route, please consider visiting them! (pssst…they love home-made treats!) You can find the RBBB Circus tour schedule and map online at www.ringling.com
World Circus Day 2014
The 2014 edition is the fifth anniversary of this event, which grew to include celebrations in a record 46 countries in 2013. The World Circus Federation announced plans for a month-long celebration of “World Circus Day” and its goal of World Circus Day celebrations in fifty nations.
Celebrations began on 20 March 2014, coinciding with the United Nation’s “International Day of Happiness”.
“Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental goal”, U.N. Resolution 66/281 invites nations and civil society to celebrate the International Day of Happiness through education and public awareness raising activities. The Federation will mark the occasion by commencing the month long celebration of “the Art of Happiness” at a special event in Monte-Carlo, coinciding with the Monaco leg of the 2104 World Harmony Run. Celebrations of Circus will continue around the world, culminating on World Circus Day on 19 April. World Circus Day events also will serve as the subject matter for this year’s annual Photography Contest. Click here to find an event in your area.
“Our month-long celebration honouring the fifth anniversary of World Circus Day, linked to the International Day of Happiness and the World Harmony/Peace Run, will help the public better appreciate Circus as a universal performing art,” said Federation Executive Director Laura van der Meer. “By making World Circus Day the subject of this year’s photo contest, we also hope to bring additional attention to local celebrations.”
If you take part in one of these events and post about it online, please use the hashtag #WCD2014 when posting photos to social media sites.
As in the past, the Circus community is invited to celebrate World Circus Day by hosting their own local events and to register their events online. New this year is the invitation for World Circus Day organisers to build a “Pyramid of Happiness” during their celebration to create a virtually-linked pyramid stretching around the world. Participants are asked to include a flag or banner with the new World Circus Day logo in their pyramids and upload pyramid photos to the Federation website in what is hoped to become the “world’s longest digital composite photograph”. The pyramid idea was inspired by Circus Harmony, of St. Louis, Missouri, USA, which uses human pyramids built by circus kids to symbolize the cooperation, balance, strength, and power of the multi-cultural Circus under the slogan “Peace through Pyramids”.
From Pat “Patty Cake” Stevenson:
The luncheon was a collaboration between the Freestate Clown Alley #30 and the John Ringling North II/Steve and Ryan Tent #178. Our Alley has a history of sponsoring a luncheon for our Ringling Clown friends since about 2004. This year, one of our members worked with a group of developmentally disabled adults from the ARC Baltimore (Dundalk Center) and they so wanted to perform for the Ringling Clowns. The picture includes 12 members of our Alley, 11 members of the ARC, 7 clowns from the Red Alley along with Adam and Bonnie Seidon and Pierce! The Alley and Tent brought all the circus memorabilia they could and there was an awesome sharing of talent and memories created! Bump a nose and see you down the road!
First time here?
If you are new to this blog, please >> CLICK HERE << to read other posts about my clown kiddos on the road with “The Greatest Show on Earth”. There’s a lot of catching up to do!
If you’re going to run away to join the circus…
…you’re gonna need some serious skills first!
Come to Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp and learn from the professionals, just like DJ, Julia, and many of the current and former Ringling clowns have.
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