Big Top Circus Parade

This July 21st, 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 “Shake, Rattle & Roll” celebrating the 50’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 21, 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.


Check back here for the 2018 Lineup

2017 Lineup

Pre-Parade Entertainment – Rocket Cycle – T. J. Howell

1. Marine Post Color Guard
2. Baraboo Police Department
3. Parade Judges
4. Wheelman
5. Baraboo Motors – Parade Co-Chairs
6. Merlin & Jenele Zitzner
7. Baraboo Bank Wagon
8. Zor Shrine Tin Lizzies
9. Antique Fire Department Truck
10. B&B Our Country Tab.
11. Veterans plus Dells VFW
12. Marty Krueger
13. Mayor Palm
14. Dave Dahlke
15. Ringling Lion & Mirror
16. Ringling Ringmasters
17. Ringling Dancers
18. Ringling Publicists
19. Ringling Management
20. Elephants
21. Ringling Floor Crew
22. Ringling Pie Car
23. Ringling Band Members
24. Whistles on Wheels Calliope
25. Ringling Performers
26. Ringling Concessionaires
27. Ringling Crew
28. Ringling Clowns
29. Baraboo High School Band
30. Inge Vinicky Smaha
31. Charging Tiger Tableau
32. Baraboo Soccer Club
33. Ronald McDonald
34. Corky and Melody the Clowns
35. Wild Rumpu stilt walkers & Jacob the fish
36. Curves
37. Pawnee Bill Bandwagon
38. Festival Foods Cart w/Bloopers & Oofty Goofty
39. Silly Nilly Clowns
40. Too Sweet & Giggles the Clown
41. Joe Barney – Clown (P.T. Barnum)
42. Dual County Community Band
43. Midwest Labor
44. Jak Frost
45. Hanneford Band Carriage
46. Fairest of the Fair & Junior Fairest
47. Community First – Penny the Frog
48. Sauk Prairie Marching Band
49. Gollmar Brothers
50. Bug Tussel
51. Mother Goose Float
52. Clowns across the River
53. Royal Italian Band Wagon
54. Lodi – Soon to be Famous Band
55. SSM St Clare Rickshaw & bikes
56. Craniolfacial Foundation of America
57. Baraboo Public Library walking wagons & strollers
58. Slug Bugz & Micky
59. Oak Park Place Bus & walkers
60. Morgan Horse Club
61. Ringling Bros. Snake Den
62. WCA Clowns with Presto, Twinkle, Dotty & Calliope
63. Clowns of Waukesha
64. Mini Circus Train
65. Baraboo Roller Derby
66. Bucky Badger
67. U.W. Echoes at Camp Randall
68. Little Super Truck
69. Wells Fargo Stagecoach
70. Youth Horse Riders
71. Kobussen “Goldie” the little school bus
72. Cub Scouts
73. MOPS – Mothers of Pre Schoolers
74. Forward Marching Band
75. Boys & Girls Club & International Clown Hall of Fame
76. Bob Roltgen Little Circus Train
77. Hugs and Pitter Patty
78. Habitat for Humanity – Stilts, Construction Clowns
79. Inter. Crane Foundation
80. Al Ringling Carriage
81. U.S Bandwagon
82. Ringling Bros. Giraffe Wagon
83. Golden Age of Chivalry
84. America Steam Calliope
85. Bubble Buggy
86. Baraboo Fire Department


2018 Parade Route will be located here as we get closer to parade day.




2 Park-And-Ride Lots
Shuttles To and From Downtown Baraboo
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Festival Foods 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.

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



Parking Lot
corner of Oak and 5th Streets

Parking Lot
corner of Ash and 4th Streets

Park-and-Ride Lot
Festival Foods parking lot
615 Highway 136
corner of Highways 12/136/33
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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


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.


The grounds of the Downtown Baraboo historic courthouse will be tobacco free for the Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration on July 21, 2018.


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.


Live Streaming

Live streaming of the parade will be available via Facebook Live on either the Big Top Parade Facebook page or 99.7 MAX FM’s Facebook page.


The Big Top Parade will be broadcast live locally on retro-TV Channel 43 (Baraboo area Charter cable channel 10) and MAX Radio 99.7FM/740AM.


A recorded version of the parade will also be added to YouTube.
Find area attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shopping and more.

What is the schedule for parade day?

2018 Schedule will be here.

2017 Schedule

9:00 am – Noon Circus Palooza offering flapjacks, sausage, coffee, milk and juice $5, corner of Oak & 4th St.

9:45 am – 10:30 am Pre-Parade Clown Antics in front of the International Clown Hall of Fame, 102 Fourth Avenue.

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.

12:15 pm Mazo Movement Arts
Live performances by this amazing group of talented people.

Noon – 4 pm Circus Palooza offers live music (2 bands), grilled cheese sandwiches, chips, water and beer, corner of Oak & 4th St.

7:30 pm Sawdust & Spangles and Dreams show at the Al. Ringling Theatre, 136 Fourth Avenue. 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, 623 Broadway Street. Enjoy live entertainment and a cash bar.

What is there to do after the parade?

2018 Post Parade Activities will be posted here.

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

2017 Post Parade

Circus Palooza will be offering live music, grilled cheese sandwiches, beer and water on the corner of Oak & 4th St. until 4 pm.

Wild Rumpus will be on hand to give kids a chance to try out their circus skills.

2017 Parade Wagons

Wagons in the Circus Parade

  • Al Ringling Carriage
  • Royal Italian Band Carriage
  • Golden Age of Chivalry
  • Mother Goose Pony Float
  • Ringling Lion & Mirror Bandwagon
  • Miller Bros. 101 Ranch Bandwagon
  • Hanneford Band Carriage
  • Ringling Bros. Snake Den
  • Gollmar Bros. Mirror Bandwagon
  • Ringling Bros. U.S. Bandwagon
  • Our Country
  • America Steam Calliope
  • Ringling Bros. Giraffe Wagon
  • Charging Tiger Tableau

2017 Parade Bands

Bands in the Circus Parade

  • Baraboo High School Marching Clown Band
  • Sauk Prairie High School Marching Band
  • Lodi Soon To Be Famous Band
  • Professor Stitch’s Original Baraboo Circus Band
  • Echos of Camp Randall
  • Forward Marching Band

2017 Judges

  • Tom Farley
  • Ted Perry
  • Tara Ziztner

In The News

Baraboo News Republic 9.12.17

Madison Essentials 5.17

Milwaukee Business Journal 5.1.17

CBS Sunday Morning 4.30.17

WISc News 4.28.17

WISc News 1.17.17

 2017 Parade Video

2016 Parade Video

Catch the video replay of the parade last year! The 2017 Big Top Circus Parade was broadcast live locally on retro-TV Channel 43 and MAX Radio 99.7FM/740AM.

DVDs of the parade telecast will be available by contacting MAX FM. (608) 356-3974 or MAX FM Website

Commemorative T-Shirt

Parade Commorative T-ShirtSize: XLs only.   $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.