Ringling Brothers streams final circus performance

The final "Greatest show on earth" was at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in NY on Sunday.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus took a final, bittersweet bow Sunday, staging its last three shows here after 146 years of entertaining American audiences with gravity-defying trapeze stunts, comically clumsy clowns and tamed tigers.

The company said it chose to wrap up the show, which is famous for its animal acts and high-flying acrobatics, because high costs and a drop in ticket sales made the circus an unsustainable business.

The decision came from its parent company, Feld Entertainment, after a long standing slump in ticket sales as the business became increasingly unsustainable.

For some circus fans Saturday, it was a chance to say goodbye to beloved childhood memories.

Animal rights activists had targeted the circus, saying that forcing animals to perform and transporting them around the country amounted to abuse.

He said every circus has used Ringling Brothers as its compass and inspiration.

Feld Entertainment and the circus' workers have repeatedly denied any claims of animal mistreatment, and spokesman Payne said they had found homes for all of the approximately 50 animals with the show.

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He said more than 250 million people had seen Ringling's shows and added: "It's the people, it's the spirit, the dedication, the perseverance of everyone that you'll see here tonight that makes the impossible possible".

Head clown Davis Vassallo poses for a portrait before taking part in the last weekend of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, Friday. One commenter remarked: "i remember seeing the Greatest Show on Earth as a little girl with my family".

So when Feld Entertainment executives delivered the news that the circus was shutting down completely, it landed hard. "You mean you love the circus?"

Ringling streamed the final show on its website and on Facebook Live, where at least 19,000 viewers watched at one point.

Ringling had two touring circuses this season, one ending its run earlier this month in Providence, Rhode Island.

Big-cat trainer Alexander Lacey halted his performance to address, if indirectly, the animal-rights groups whose protests and lawsuits against Ringling led the circus to pull its Asian elephants from all shows in May 2016.

Like numerous show's 300 human performers, Vargas said, she plans to take a break before seeking out new opportunities, perhaps in Europe, where many of her castmates hail from.

"We are the keepers of the stories of shows like Ringling Bros we are here to preserve that", Saloutos said.

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