Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ringling Circus Winter Quarters Sarasota Florida

Beginning in the late 1920's, the Ringling Brothers Circus spent the winter season in Sarasota, Florida. The circus folks would relax and spend time at home, but the entertainers that they were, they wanted to continue to perform. So, the circus would put on a show which became a tourist attraction in Florida. By the 1950s when these slides were taken, the winter circus was drawing in excess of 100,000 visitors in winter. Since winter days in Florida are nice and balmy and sunny, a large outdoor theater was constructed. The acts would entertain the tourists. (WARNING- there be clowns ahead!)
First up is the dancing horses.

Next up are the daring flying folks on the trapeze.

I am sure this is a famous Lion Tamer.

What circus is not complete without clowns.


Connie Moreno said...

ACK! Clowns freak me out! Other than that, I love these photos.

Major Pepperidge said...

These are fantastic! I have a few photos from this place, but they were taken from the "nosebleed" seats - yours are from right down in front.

Look at the size of that crowd!

Nate said...

I always love the Circus/Florida reference at the beginning of Dumbo when the aerial shot shows Casey Jr. leaving Florida.

Katella Gate said...

Clowns -- They're a French thing, right? Like Jerry Lewis?

Look at the expression on those kids faces. You don't see that look when Mickey Mouse visits at Disneyland (Gen 1 Mickey Excepted.)

Today's password was "pancus", obviously Latin for pancake.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Very nice Matterhorn. Not a fan of clowns, but great circus pics none-the-less. Thanks.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Is it just me or does an outdoor Circus seem odd? Of course seeing the Circus in the 1970's at the Fabulous Forum was a bit odd too...

I've seen worse clowns - but good gosh - who in the world would actually likes these creepy dudes.

Great post, but I gotta ask: "Do ya want it!"