Big Top Circus Parade

This July 20th, the Baraboo Community will be alive with events and activities as we celebrate the 6th Annual Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration in downtown Baraboo. This year, the parade theme will be celebrating “The Groovy 60’s”  era.

The Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration will feature concerts, children’s activities, carnival games, food vendors and live performances. The main event – the Big Top Parade – on Saturday, July 20, kicks off at 11:00 a.m. Along with our grand marshals, the parade features over 75 traditional circus parade units and circus-themed entries created by community groups and businesses.

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Big Top Parade Grand Marshal

Gene Allan Scott

Gene Allen Scott began his career as an on-air radio personality and Disc Jockey in 1968, so he is a natural choice for Grand Marshall of a 1960s-themed Baraboo Big Top Parade. “The Baraboo Big Top Parade committee loves to shine the spotlight on people who have contributed to our community, and Mr. Scott has been bringing music and entertainment to the people of south-central Wisconsin for more than 50 years.”

His radio career began in 1968 at a radio station in Wisconsin Dells, and he was a Madison area radio engineer and on-air talent for decades. 99.7 MAX FM.

Station owner Kory Hartman stated that Gene Allen Scott’s ties to the station date back to the 1970s. “We’re proud that Gene continues today with his very successful weekly oldies show, playing music of the 60s and 70s every Saturday morning from 7:00-10:00 am.”

Gene Allen Scott Parade Grand Marshal
Photo: Baraboo News Republic
Gene in the 60's
Photo: Bob Fehrenbach

Circus Parade Wagons

Hanneford Band Chariot
  • Al Ringling Wagon
  • B&B Golden Age of Chivalry
  • Beck Calliope
  • Mother Goose Pony Float
  • Old Woman in Shoe
  • Our Country Tableau
  • Royal Hanneford Band Chariot
  • Ringling Lion & Mirror Bandwagon
  • Sparks Sea Serpent Tableau
  • Ringling Bros. Snake Den
  • Gollmar Bros. Mirror Bandwagon
  • Ringling Bros. U.S. Bandwagon
  • Ringling Cage Wagon
  • America Steam Calliope
  • France Tableau
  • Ringling Bros. Giraffe Wagon

Big Top Parade Celebrity Judges

To be announced.

Big Top Circus Parade Bands

BHS Clown Band
  • Baraboo High School Marching Band
  • Jerry Stich #1
  • Jerry Stich #2
  • Dual County Community Band
  • Forward Marching Band
  • Echoes of Camp Randall
  • Oregon High School Marching Band
  • Shadow Drum & Bugle Corps
  • Whistles on Wheels
EVENTS SCHEDULE

Activities, Food & More!

2019 Calendar of Events

PARADE LINE UP

2019
Big Top Parade
Order of March

To be announced closer to parade time.

PARADE ROUTE

Choose your spot for Parade Day!

2019 BIG TOP PARADE ROUTE MAP

Porta-Potty Locations
marked as pink

Information Tent
corner of Oak and 3rd Street

Eat Street & Circus Palooza
Oak Street between 3rd & 4th Streets

PARADE PARKING

BIG TOP PARADE PARK & RIDE AREAS

Park & Ride
8:30am-3:30pm

Shuttles To and From Downtown Baraboo.

We suggest using this free service to avoid downtown congestion on Parade Day.

PARK & RIDE LOTS

Festival Foods parking lot
615 Highway 136
(corner of Highways 12 & 136/33)
*handicapped-accessible

Circus World east parking lot
550 Water Street
*handicapped-accessible

There will be signs at both locations. Passengers will be dropped off and picked up one block north of the historic courthouse square at the corner of Oak and 5th Streets.

Information Tent
corner of Oak and 3rd Street

HANDICAPED PARKING

BIG TOP PARADE PARK & RIDE AREAS

Park & Ride
8:30am-3:30pm

Both locations offer handicap accessible transportation to and from the Parade.

We suggest using this free service to avoid downtown congestion on Parade Day.

BIG TOP PARADE ROUTE

Parking Lot
corner of Ash and 5th Streets

Parking Lot
5th Street

Parking Lot
corner of Ash and 4th Street

*Also refer to map for
Porta-Potty locations (blue)

Information Tent
corner of Oak and 3rd Street

FIRST AID

A first aid station is located on the courthouse lawn near Oak Street for minor needs.

If immediate attention is needed, notify any marked parade staff or police on duty, or dial 911.

SMOKE FREE AREAS

The grounds of the Downtown Baraboo historic courthouse will be tobacco free for the Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration on July 20, 2019.

WEATHER

Would the parade be cancelled due to weather?

The parade is scheduled to take place, rain or shine.

In the event of a thunderstorm, the parade would be delayed.

STREAMING & TV

Parade Broadcast
Sponsored by Baraboo State Bank

10:00am Live Pre-Show Broadcast
11:00am Parade Coverage

Video Coverage
TV43

Spectrum Cable Channel 10

Facebook Live Stream

View on YouTube

Audio Coverage
Live Audio Broadcast

Live Audio Stream

Media Inquiries

Please contact us. info@bigtopparade.com

Many thanks to MBE CPAs for their generous Silver level sponsorship of the 2019 Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration, taking place in downtown Baraboo on Saturday, July 20!

[ Photo by Bill Johnsen ]

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In 1919, the Ringling brothers merged the two gargantuan shows to become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows – The Greatest Show on Earth. Living up to the posters that bore their names and mustachioed likenesses, the Ringling brothers were indeed Kings of the Circus World. Photo from Circus World Museum ...

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