Growing up, I always knew Sarasota, Florida was unique, that not everyone had a circus museum in their city or the mansion of John Ringling. It wasn’t until speaking to friends about our Greatest Showman Airband theme that I realized just how much circus is ingrained into Sarasota culture. So here are 10 things I realized that are weird in most places but completely normal in a circus town.
Circus as an after school activity
The circus kids
Volunteering at the circus
My high school partnered with the Circus Arts Conservatory to have us volunteer (for service hours) at the circus as ushers. We casually met all of the circus acts and got a free show out of it.
Having the circus come to your school
Almost everyone has taken some sort of circus arts class
Nik Wallenda is a household name
And a motivational speaker
He’s spoken at college graduations and at my high school about following your dreams.
A circus show for large cats and other animals is normal
Clown college isn’t a joke
Make sure to watch UD Kappa Alpha Theta’s rendition of The Greatest Showman from this years Airband to see a circus in action!