Circus brings laughter to small town

Angela Piazza By Angela Piazza

Feb. 10, 2018 at 7:58 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2018 at 8:01 a.m.

The Luna Brothers Circus performs for one night in Bloomington. The traveling circus from Houston has been performing in small communities in Texas and neighboring states for about 15 years, Ringmaster Joseph Luna said.

The Luna Brothers Circus performs for one night in Bloomington. The traveling circus from Houston has been performing in small communities in Texas and neighboring states for about 15 years, Ringmaster Joseph Luna said.   Angela Piazza for The Victoria Advocate

In an overgrown Little League baseball field under a well-worn big-top tent, the Luna Brothers traveling circus performed for Bloomington residents.

Glow toys illuminated the crowd while acrobats swung through the air, dogs jumped through hoops and a juggler threw fire.

Clown buffoonery brought smiles to children's candy apple-, popcorn- and peanut-stuffed faces.

Many in attendance, especially children, had not been to a circus.

Theresa Martinez, who helped organize the one-night performance, said it was a good distraction from continual Hurricane Harvey-related struggles and provided entertainment for kids.

"There's nothing to do for the kids (in Bloomington), and then they get in trouble," she said. "Parents need to come together to have activities for the kids."

Martinez also organizes a basketball league called Dribblers in Bloomington.

The performers stopped while passing through the town and asked if Bloomington had any interest in hosting them, she said.

The biggest challenge was finding a place for the circus' iconic tent, Martinez said. It took two days to coordinate the event.

The 15-year-old circus from Houston only travels to small towns in surrounding areas and states, said Ringmaster Joseph Luna.

He was unsure which town the circus would visit next because his brother usually organizes the tour.

Martinez said they were on the way to Seadrift when they stopped at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on SH 185.

"I think they enjoyed it and wanted more time," Martinez said. "It was so great for families to be able to spend family time together."


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