Big Top Parade
& Circus Celebration

June 25, 2022
Downtown Baraboo

Shuttle Parking
Handicap Parking
Parade Route
Amenities
TV & STREAMING
2022 Big Top Parade Grand Marshal

Parade Grand Marshal

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.”

Celebrity Judges

Michelle Baik

Baik is a weekend anchor and reporter at NBC15. Since 2019 she has called Madison home, every day learning something new about the community. Baik came to Wisconsin by way of South Korea, Maryland, Florida and Illinois— where she attended Northwestern University for journalism and international studies. Last year she covered Baraboo’s Circus Celebration events, which went on without a parade, as a journalist. This year she returns as a parade judge.

Tom Farley

Farley is a Madison native who worked in banking and finance before establishing the Chris Farley Foundation, a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to substance abuse prevention. Like his brother, Tom uses humor to open the eyes and ears of youth audiences as a motivational speaker delivering messages on prevention and recovery. He works for Rosecrance Health Network as the Community Relations Coordinator for Wisconsin.

Tara Zitzner

Zitzner-Moy is a Senior Vice President and Director at Baraboo State Bank. She has served on numerous boards and committees throughout Sauk County, working to bolster a community she calls “The Greatest Place on Earth.” Seen in past years riding atop an elephant in the parade, this time she’ll wear a different hat as a celebrity judge.

2022 Big Top Parade

Parade Line Up

Circus Wagons

Circus World is a key partner in the parade, lending its unparalleled collection of historic wagons to the event. Circus Wagons History

Al Ringling Carriage
B&B Golden Age of Chivalry
Beck Family Calliope
Mother Goose Pony Float
Old Woman in Shoe
Cinderella Pony Float
Our Country Tableau
Ringling Lion & Mirror Bandwagon
Ringling Bros. Snake Den
Gollmar Bros. Tableau (new)
Ringling Bros. U.S. Bandwagon
Ringling Cage Wagon
America Steam Calliope
Gollmar Mirror
Stringer Wagon No. 201

Marching Bands

Baraboo High School Marching Band
Sauk Prairie High School Marching Band
Dual County Community Band
Soon To Be Famous Band
Forward Marching Band
Reedsburg High School Marching Band

Kid's Bounce Houses

Kids Fun

BOUNCE HOUSES

TERHUNE TRIO
9:00 – 9:45am
Acrobatic Act — Courthouse Lawn

WILD RUMPUS CIRCUS
10:00 – 10:30am Courthouse Lawn

RING TOSS

FISHBOWL TOSS

Eat Street

EDWARD’S ICE CREAM
Cones, Corn Dogs, Lemonade

FRANNIES FRANKS
Hot Dogs, Brats, Drinks

CHEESE CURDS
Our Savior Lutheran Church

LOS MILPA’S
Mexican Cuisine

THAI STATION FOOD TRUCK
Thai Cuisine

Parade Wagon

Circus Celebration

AMBASSADORS BEER GARDEN
10:00am-3:00pm
Miller Lite
Spotted Cow
SkiHi Cider

LIVE MUSIC
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Mike Droho