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The circus is coming to town

By BY GHENI PLATENBURG
June 4, 2011 at 1:04 a.m.

The circus is coming to town.

Piccadilly Circus is bringing the big top to Victoria, putting on two shows at the Victoria Community Center on Wednesday.

"Come out to the show. It's made by families for families. You won't be disappointed," said Cuinn Griffin, promotional director for Piccadilly Circus. "It's quality family entertainment at affordable prices."

Victoria is one of eight Texas stops on the circus' first leg of its nationwide tour.

Based in Sarasota, Fla., Piccadilly Circus was started 25 years ago by the Garden family.

Constantly revamping, the circus is performing its new show, touted as the place "where man and beast come together in perfect harmony."

Griffin said there is something for everyone in the family-oriented show, which includes comedic clowns, monkeys, lemurs, contortionists, aerialists and motorcycle daredevils.

Other acts include Rocky, the 250-pound boxing kangaroo; a 1923 Ford Model T with a mind of its own; and elephants that perform stunts.

"It's really cool and interesting things you wouldn't think an elephant could do," said Griffin.

In an effort to provide all children with the opportunity to experience the circus, free children's tickets can be obtained online and via various local gas stations and restaurants.

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