As Sue is working on gathering reference material for her new graphic novel, and because we’d never been to one of America’s foremost cultural events (historically, speaking that is), we decided to go to the Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee. I wrote an account of the event for GeekDad. Below is an excerpt.
The circus is back in town! At least in Milwaukee, it is. And maybe for the last time.
A tradition in this town since 1963, The Great Circus Parade, hosted by Circus World of Baraboo, Wisconsin, is more than just a parade. It is a five day circus extravaganza of historical wagons, horse, camel and elephant rides, calliope automata, ferris wheels, and plenty of food and beer (it is Milwaukee, after all.) There is plenty to see and do on the circus grounds, but the highlight of the event is the grand parade through the streets of downtown Milwaukee this Sunday, July 12th
Having never been to the Circus parade or the festival grounds, we rounded up the family and made our way downtown. My son was excited shouting, “We’re going to the circus!” over and over again, but at age 3, I don’t think he really knew what that meant. However, as we snaked our way into lawn parking near the grounds, he began sensing what the circus was all about.