As a car pulls into a drive-thru food distribution site at Chollas Mead Elementary, circus performers give the family inside a grand show.
A juggler throws juggling clubs into the air in a perfect circle. A clown with a big red nose glued onto his face mask dances while holding a colorful umbrella. An acrobat does a handstand on another acrobat’s hands.
The performers are with Fern Street Circus, a nonprofit based in City Heights that for 30 years has organized after-school recreation programs and performances in San Diego’s low-income communities.
The drive-thru show last Tuesday was one of 35 the circus performed at food distribution events since the coronavirus pandemic started.
Usually Fern Street Circus hosts several performances during its neighborhood tours at this time of the year. Performances are traditionally interactive and draw large crowds.
But this year the pandemic forced the nonprofit to pivot to drive-thru shows…
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