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Every year, to the thrill of children of all ages, and the horror of animal rights activists of DC, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuses celebrate their arrival for the big spring shows they’ll do in Washington with a fancy, showcase parade that hits the streets of Capitol Hill and heads towards it’s Verizon Center destination. It doesn’t matter if you’re excited for it or appalled by it-everyone still shows up to watch.

So-no matter whether you were there and want to relive last night’s magic OR if you had to miss it and want to see what you missed, Franz was intrepidly on location to capture it all for us. We dare you not to feel like a kid at least for a few seconds while looking at these: the greatest show on Earth IS IN TOWN.

RELATED READING: our amazing behind-the-scenes @ BARNUM & BAILEY Circus story. If you missed it (and the CRAZY comment action in it) when we ran it first-you need to read it now.

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