Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Circus fans line route for parade

Big Top comes to town

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Four-year-old Lara Schlussinger of Colerain Township already knows what she wants to be when she grows up.

[photo] Circus worker Sonny Ridley adjusts the costume on Karen, a 32-year-old elephant.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        “Sara, the Tiger Lady,” said the small girl with the cornflower blue eyes and windblown curls. Her mother, who clutched Lara's hand, smiled.

        “We bought her a stuffed tiger to practice with, ” said Gina Schlussinger.

        Dozens of parents and children turned out Tuesday to watch the annual parade of animals that kicks off the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show at the Firstar Center.

        The parade of animals — elephants, goats, horses and camels — was unloaded from railway cars near the Montgomery Inn Boathouse along Eastern Avenue about noon Tuesday. They marched to Broadway Street and Pete Rose Way, where they'll be housed.

        This year's show, which starts today at 7:30 p.m. will run through Sunday. The star of the show is Sara, the Tiger Whisperer.

        Sara, 23, had been traveling with circuses in Europe before joining Ringling.

       Tickets can be ordered by calling 562-4949, or purchased at the Firstar Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, or online at They cost $9-$35.



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