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Baraboo’s Big Top Circus Parade

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages! Baraboo will commemorate its stupendous circus heritage as the historic home of the world-famous Ringling Bros. Circus with the 5th Anniversary of Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

The Big Top Parade, featuring over 75 circus and community entries, will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, traveling around the downtown historic courthouse square district. Other family-friendly events are scheduled in the city that morning and throughout the weekend.

NEW! Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration has been recognized among the Top 100 Events in North America in 2016 by the American Bus Association.

Enjoy Baraboo’s many circus attractions, activities and events, listed on www.baraboo.com. For more information, contact the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce at (608) 356-8333.

Parade Day FAQ’s

This area will be updated closer to the event date.

An updated parade route map will be available here.

The parade is scheduled to take place, rain or shine. In the event of a thunderstorm, the parade would be delayed.

No, parking is available (an updated route map with parking areas noted and the detour map will be available here).

Two park-and-ride lots will be open on Saturday with handicapped-accessible shuttles to and from Downtown Baraboo, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

  • Pierce’s Market parking lot, 615 Highway 136 (corner of Highways 12/136/33)
  • Circus World’s east parking lot, 550 Water Street.

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.

(an updated route map with parking areas noted will be available here)

On July 22, handicapped-accessible parking spaces will be located in:

  • Parking lot at the corner of Oak and 5th Streets, the
  • Parking lot at the corner of Ash and 4th Streets
  • park-and-ride lots (Pierce’s Market parking lot, 615 Highway 136 – corner of Highways 12/136/33 (Park-and-Ride lot)
  • Circus World’s east parking lot, 550 Water Street (Park-and-Ride lot).

*Also refer to map for porta-potty locations, information tent location on Oak Street, etc.

The grounds of the Downtown Baraboo historic courthouse will be tobacco free for the Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration on July 22.

On the courthouse lawn near Oak Street

Baraboo Public Library, 230 – 4th Avenue, 9AM to 1PM

Sauk County West Square Building, 505 Broadway, 10AM to 4PM

After the Big Top Parade, there will be a lot going on downtown. Make sure to plan on some time for the Circus World Museum where you can see even more antique circus wagons — in fact the world’s largest collection of them! — at Circus World, 550 Water Street in Baraboo, and take in a special Big Top Performance. For more information, call (608) 356-8341 or visit www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

Details and an updated for the 2017 Parade will be available here.

2016 – Yes! And it will be live streamed! The Big Top Parade will be broadcast live locally on retro-TV Channel 43 (Baraboo area Charter cable channel 10) and WRPQ Radio 99.7FM/740AM.

The parade will also be live-streamed at www.bigtopparade.com.

DVDs of the parade telecast will be available by contacting WRPQ Radio at (608) 356-3974 or visiting www.wrpq.com.

This area will be updated closer to the event date.

Big Top Parade logo

America Steam Calliope Wagon

elephants with riders

David SaLoutos Circus World Ringmaster

Lion Mirror Wagon

Karen DeSanto

CIRCUS HOMECOMING
JULY 20 – 23, 2017

Thursday, July 20

5:00 – 7:00 pm – Evening on the Al. Ringling Mansion Verandah Enjoy live entertainment and a cash bar.

7:00 pm – Concert on the Square in Downtown Baraboo Enjoy a captivatingly colorful concert of classic circus compositions performed live by Prof. Stich’s Original Circus Bans and guest artists.

Friday, July 21

11:00 am – Guided Tour of the Walnut Hill Cemetery by the Sauk County Historical Society. Pay your respects to four of the original Ringling Bros. and many other circus luminaries interred in this historic burial ground.

All Day – Visit Circus World, The International Clown Hall of Fame and the Al. Ringling Theatre and explore Baraboo’s vibrant circus heritage. Watch for visiting Circus Performers and staff as they could be on a tour with you. ($)

5:00 – 7:00 pm – Evening on the Al. Ringling Mansion Verandah Enjoy live entertainment and a cash bar.

7:00 pm – Al. Ringling Theatre Watch the Oscar Winning “Best Picture” for 1952 “The Greatest Show on Earth” on the big screen. ($)

Saturday, July 22

9:45 am – 10:30 am Pre-Parade Clown Antics in front of the International Clown Hall of Fame.

11:00 am – Baraboo’s Big Top Parade steps off in downtown Baraboo and straight into your hearts. Our special Grand Marshals this year are anyone who worked on the Greatest Show on Earth.

7:30 pm – Sawdust & Spangles and Dreams show at the Al. Ringling Theatre. Proceeds will benefit Circus Traveling Show Retirement Project & Showpeople’s Winter Quarters, International Clown Hall of Fame, Al. Ringling Theatre and Circus World. ($)

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Evening on the Al. Ringling Mansion Verandah Enjoy live entertainment and a cash bar.

Sunday, July 23

9:30 am – Interfaith non-denominational Circus Mass at the Al. Ringling Theatre with Father Gerry Hogan, National Circus Chaplin. Seating will be limited and available first come first serve.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Ice Cream Social at the Ringling House Enjoy live entertainment and soda or champagne floats!

($) These events will have an admission fee.
Please consult the venue websites below for more details.

Baraboo High School Clown Band

Whiskers Cage Wagon

Calliope Player

Catch The Replay of the 2016 Parade!

The Big Top Circus Parade was broadcast live locally on retro-TV Channel 43 and WRPQ Radio 99.7FM/740AM.

DVDs of the parade telecast will be available by contacting WRPQ at (608) 356-3974or visit WRPQ.com

parade live stream on youtube

Commerorative T-Shirt

Big Top Parade Commemorative T-Shirt

Size: S-3XL

$20 *cash only please

This high quality t-shirt will become a timeless addition to your collection.

Limited quantities available at the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce.