Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration

Mark Saturday, July 18, 2020 on your calendar, as Baraboo commemorates its circus heritage by hosting the 8th Annual Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration. The parade features nearly 100 circus and community entries traveling around the historic downtown courthouse square.

Young and old will be enthralled by the circus wagons, marching bands, horses and other animals and of course, the cavalcade of clowns! This parade and all the events surrounding it get bigger and better every year.

Go West

This year’s theme is “Go West!” as Baraboo brings the West to the Midwest, circus-style.

Before and after the parade, the Baraboo area and our downtown will be filled with family-friendly events. The entire community will embrace the Western theme, and we promise y’all will have a good ol’ time!

Circus World is a key partner in the parade, lending its unparalleled collection of historic wagons to the event. The performers in this summer’s big top show, which also adopts the “Go West” theme, will appear in the parade, as will clubs, community groups and circus performers from across the region.

After catching the parade, you are invited to stay downtown for a heapin’ helpin’ of hospitality.

Enjoy live entertainment at the Circus Palooza station, which will feature live music and food; or cruise down “Eat Street” and taste delectable treats from food vendors.

Then top off your afternoon by heading down to Baraboo’s treasured Circus World to catch a big top performance.

Finally, if you aren’t plumb tuckered out, you can unwind with circus-themed entertainment that evening at the Al. Ringling Theatre, a palatial playhouse built by the eldest Ringling brother.