‘Under the Big Top’ Part 1: Circus Heirs Adapt to Life Without Elephants
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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