Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus close after 146 years

Curtain falls on 'Greatest Show on Earth' after 146 years

The circus gave the final performance titled "The Greatest Show on Earth" to a sold-out crowd at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday night, showing off its death-defying stunts and exotic animals for the last time after 146 years, NBC News reported.

The big top came down in NY in front of a sold-out crowd at Nassau Coliseum after 146 years, NBC News reported. "The decision was even more hard because of the unbelievable fans that have become part of our extended circus family over the years, and we are extremely grateful to the millions of families who have made Ringling Bros. part of their lives for generations". The Feld family bought the Ringling circus in 1967. "But there is a love for the circus that will never die".

Over the years, animal rights activists had targeted Ringling, saying that forcing animals to perform and transporting them around the country amounted to abuse.

"The circus and its people have continually been a source of inspiration and joy to my family and me, which is why this was such a tough business decision to make", company CEO Kenneth Feld said in a statement last January. Help us achieve even more victories by becoming a member today.

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"There's a lot of mixed emotions, said Rev. George "Jerry" Hogan, Ringling's circus chaplain".

Lions, tigers and clowns, no more.

"Farewell, from the Greatest Show on Earth!" ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, an 18-year veteran of the show and the first African American to hold the job, told a packed midday audience, offering one of the few signs that the circus was coming to a close. The ASPCA and the Humane Society have campaigned to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City. Many in the audience had tears.

Animal trainer Alexander Lacey performs with Maasai the lion.

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After Ringling retired its last pachyderms to a company-owned elephant conservation centre in Florida, ticket sales declined much more than Feld expected, a spokesman said.

Feld, his voice sometimes shaking, said that in the 50 years that his family had produced the circus, over a quarter-billion people had seen its shows.

The Ringling cast assembled in the finale of the final performance on Sunday, as it does at the conclusion of every tour, to sing Auld Lang Syne.

Once a mainstay of entertainment in small towns and big cities across the country, Ringling had two touring circuses this season, one of which ended its run earlier this month in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Feld Entertainment will continue with other productions such as Frozen on Ice, Marvel Live, Supercross, Monster Trucks and Disney on Ice.

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