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.


Big Top Parade
Order of March

1.Color Guard
2.Living Flag
3.Rocket Cycle
5.Baraboo Police Department
6.Parade Celebrity Judges in Antique Vis A’ Vis Carriage
7.Baraboo Motors Jeep with Parade Co-Chairs
8.Lodi – Soon to be Famous Band
9.Merlin & Jenele Zitzner
10.Baraboo State Bank – Signature Wagon
11.Zor Mavericks
12.Baraboo Awning Banner (Silver Level)
13.Bronze Sponsor Banner
14.Baraboo Fire Department
15.Zor Shrine Tin Lizzies
16.Barnum & Bailey Our Country Tab
17.VFW post 9387
19.Village of West Baraboo President Dave Dahlke
20.City of Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm
21.Sauk County Chair Peter Vedro
22.Ringling Lion & Mirror Tab w/ Prof. Stich’s Circus Band
23.Elephant Sculpture truck/trailer & convert
24.Circus World Elephants
25.Grand Marshalls – The Illusive Sounds
26.Inge Vinicky Smaha
27.Hill’s Wiring Banner (Silver Level)
28.SSM Health – St Clare Rickshaw & Bikes
29.Baraboo High School Marching Band
30.Charging Tiger Tableau
31.Fairest of the Fair
32.Junior Fairest of the Fair
33.Corky the Clown
34.MAX FM Banner (Gold Level)
35.Dual County Community Band
36.Festival Foods Cart full of Clowns:
Oofty Goofty, Bloopers, Windy Lindy, Sprinkle
& the Clowns of Waukesha
37.Cub Scouts
38.Jak Frost
39.Community First – Penny the Frog
40.South Central Cyclones
41.Alliant Energy Banner (Silver Level)
42.Sparks Sea Serpent Tableau
43.Sauk Prairie High School Marching Band
44.Baraboo Bluffs ATV Club
45.First Night – Baraboo
46.Circus City Dames – Roller Derby Club
47.Culver’s Scoopy
2018 Big Top Parade Order of March – Page 2
48.MBE Banner (Silver Level)
49.Deppe Truck with Calliope
50.Mother Goose Pony Float
51.Melody & Hugs
52.Sparta Chamber of Commerce Penny Farthing Bicycle
53.Craniofacial Foundation of America
54.Gollmar Brothers Band Wagon
55.University of Wisconsin Platteville – Baraboo/Sauk County
56.Baraboo Public Library
57.The Grainery Banner (Silver Level)
58.Whistles on Wheels Calliope
59.Bob Roltgen’s Mini-Train
60.Baraboo Ghostbusters
61.Sauk County Arts & Humanities Council Banner (Platinum Level)
62.Ringling Bros. Snake Den
63.Morgan Horse Club
64.Oliver Motors
65.Youth Horse Riders
66.Bug Tussel walking unit
67.Terry Town Plumbing Banner (Gold Level)
68.Forward Marching Band
70.International Crane Foundation
71.Rocky & Rusty’s Redemption Rescue
72.Timbavati Wild Life Park Banner (Platinum Level)
73.Al Ringling Carriage
74.Ringling Bros. Giraffe Wagon
75.Red Shed Gifts
76.U.W. Echoes of Camp Randall
77.Bucky Badger
78.Ringling Cage Wagon with Kangaroos
79.Kobussen Bus
80.Solar Sound Marching Band
81.Just Because Jugglers
82 Baraboo Bookmobile
83.Free State Clown Alley
84.Teel Plastics Banner (Gold Level)
85.Great Day Real Estate
86.Clowns Across the River
87.Wild Rumpus
88.U.S. Bandwagon w/ Prof. Stich’s Circus Band
89.International Clown Hall of Fame
90.Boys and Girls Club of Baraboo
91. Devil’s Lake Lavender
92.SSM Health Banner (Gold Level)
93.Golden Age of Chivalry
94.America Steam Calliope
95.Bubble Buggy
96.Baraboo Fire Department


Choose your spot for Parade Day!


Porta-Potty Locations
marked as pink

Information Tent
corner of Oak and 3rd Street

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



Park & Ride

Shuttles To and From Downtown Baraboo.

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


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

Circus World 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.

Information Tent
corner of Oak and 3rd Street



Park & Ride

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

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


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


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.


Parade Broadcast
Sponsored by Baraboo State Bank

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

Video Coverage

Spectrum Cable Channel 10

Facebook Live Stream

View on YouTube

Audio Coverage
Live Audio Broadcast

Live Audio Stream
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Harold “Heavy” Burdick has been restoring antique circus wagons for over 43 years. Some wagons at Circus World are more than 100 years old and require constant maintenance from Burdick and his team of volunteers. [ Photo by Laura McArthur Photography ] ...

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The Gollmar Bros. Band Tableau No. 21 was built in the Gollmar's own winter quarters in Baraboo. They purchased the wagon chassis from their cousins, the Moellers, and Ben Gollmar fabricated the body and carvings.

[ Photo by Laura McArthur Photography ]

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Big Top Parade Grand Marshals

Illusive Sounds

The Illusive Sounds will lead the parade on Saturday, July 21st as the Sixth Annual Big Top Parade Grand Marshals.

Formed over 51 years ago, this local band is the perfect fit for this year’s theme “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” chosen in honor of Circus World’s creation in the 1950s.

After the parade the Illusive Sounds will take the stage for the “Sock Hop on the Square” at Circus Palooza, filling the air with the rockin’ and bopin’ music of the 50’s and 60’s.

This will be an event you will not want to miss!

In the News
Baraboo News Republic 5.18.18

2018 Big Top Parade Grand Marshals

Illusive Sounds – front row, Kathy Houzner, Bob Madland, back row, Dennis Schulte, Don Harms, Brian Johnson and Andy Johnson (Photo: Ben Bromley)

Big Top Parade Celebrity Judges

Tianna V.

Tianna Vanderhei

Miss Wisconsin 2018

Mariah H.

Mariah Haberman

Discover Wisconsin
Brand Director & Host

Ben B.

Ben Bromley

Baraboo News Republic
Journalist & Writer

Circus 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

Sparks Sea Serpent Tableau

Ringling Cage Wagon

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

Big Top Circus 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
(UW Marching Band)

Forward Marching Band

Solar Sound
Marching Band (St. Cloud, MN)

Dual County Community Band

2018 Parade T-Shirt

2018 Parade T-Shirt Fron2018 Parade T-Shirt Back

High quality, bright teal t-shirt – a timeless addition to your collection.
Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL
$15 Kid’s T-Shirts
$20 Adult T-Shirts

2018 Retro Shades

Retro Parade SunflassesTraditional 50’s Wafarer style sunglasses with retro parade logo on the side.
$5 Sunglasses

Where To Purchase


Baraboo Chamber Visitors Center until Parade Day.

Parade Day

Baraboo Chamber Visitors Tent at Oak & 3rd.

Media Inquiries

Please contact us.