Dave Saloutos, Circus World’s longtime singing ringmaster, will headline the parade as it returns from a two-year absence.
Saloutos was born for the job, as he entered the world in the former Ringling home that then served as Baraboo’s hospital. He grew up staging neighborhood circus parades and performances, and by 15 was playing the Al. Ringling Theatre’s mighty Barton organ.
In 1978 he first donned the red ringmaster coat at Circus World. He returned to the state historic site in 1985, becoming its first singing ringmaster five years later. Saloutos’ polished showmanship and powerful baritone have dazzled an estimated 5 million spectators. This summer will mark his last performing under the big top, although he will retain his duties as Circus World’s Performance Director and marketing guru.
“I love a parade, always have,” Saloutos said. “I’m honored and humbled to serve as Grand Marshal.”