News 12’s Tara Rosenblum spent one week “Under the Big Top” with the heirs to America’s oldest circus before the curtain came down one last time on an age-old favorite — the elephants.
The Hanneford family show has been around since the 1690s. Catherine Hanneford, a 21-year-old high-wire star and eighth-generation performer, and her husband, 26-year-old clown and trapeze artist Carlos Rios, live in Sarasota, Florida, but travel with the circus 40 to 50 weeks out of the year. Together they have a 4-month-old boy, Baylian.
This is the first time that the circus has allowed cameras to follow them in their world and personal space.
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