Circus Parade

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Jeremy Mills Publishing, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 228 pages
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Roll up, roll up for a trip back in time to the heyday of the circus! Originally published in 1936, Circus Parade shows the big top at its most exciting: a world of expert horse-riders, death-defying trapeze artists, elastic acrobats, fearless lion-tamers and, of course, hilarious and loveable clowns. The author, John S Clarke, had many years' circus experience and understood its people and way of life like no other. As well as explaining the origins of the circus in Roman and medieval times and highlighting some of the most celebrated acts through history, he reveals the fascinating and sometimes tragic stories behind the glitz and sawdust of the big top. Illustrated with numerous photos of circus performers in action, Circus Parade offers a unique ringside view of this traditional yet ever-changing entertainment.

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THE CIRCUS PARADE
BY: Olive Beaupre Miller
Tomorrow, tomorrow’s the circus parade
Just think what I shall see
What crowds of people in gay colored clothes
All lined up the street there will be
And some of the children will have red balloons,
As up by the curving they stand
Then off by the distance we’ll suddenly hear
The circus’s big brass band!
Behind the brass band! Of the music they play,
Come riders in red velvet gowns,
And after them doing the funniest things,
A silly procession of clowns
The lions and tigers that pace up and down
In wagons all painted in gold
And monkeys a-playing just all kinds of tricks,
As they grimace and chatter and scold
Oh, there come camels and elephants too,
With men on their backs as tried,
And queer little ponies no bigger than dogs,
And a donkey perhaps beside!
And then their come chariots rumbling by
With horses all four in a row
And a wheezing, old calliope is
The very tale end of the show
 

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