Ringling Bros. cancels circus “animal walk” for this week’s Raleigh shows

akenney@newsobserver.comFebruary 18, 2014 

— The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will break with tradition for its Raleigh event this year. Instead of walking its elephants and other animals from their train cars to the circus site at PNC Arena, the traveling act will deliver the animals by trailer.

The company cited a change to its arrival time, which has been affected by schedule changes and snow delays, as the reason it won’t walk the animals, according to a written release. In the past, the circus animals have left the train near Hillsborough Street and the N.C. State Fairgrounds to walk to the arena.

The circus will transport its animals from the train by trailer, the company announced, though it has not yet said whether the unloading of the animals will be visible to the public or when the train will arrive. The company also cited “safety, time and use of city resources” among its concerns in making the decision.

The circus will put on its “Built to Amaze” show Thursday through Sunday.

Kenney: 919-829-4870; Twitter: @KenneyNC

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