Circus on tap May 3-5

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMay 3, 2013 

The Shrine Circus helps celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Tarzan Zerbini Circus by bringing its elaborate show to the Tri-Cities on May 3-5 at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.

"This will be a really incredible show, the biggest we've ever put on in the big top," said Shriner Luke Hoene. "And for the first time in many years, we will have tigers at our circus. It's also the first time we've ever had tigers in the big top format."

The Shrine Circus, now in its 59th year, is sponsored by the local El Katif Shriners.

Showtimes are 3 and 7 p.m. May 3, 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. May 4, and 1 and 5 p.m. May 5.

Admission is $10 for general admission, $15 for reserved seats or $25 for ringside seats. For advance tickets, call 509-747-0132.

"While families enjoy the circus food, novelties and entertainers, the main draw is typically the animal acts," Hoene said. "This year, the lineup includes elephants, acrobats, trapeze acts, daredevils and clowns.

"The intimate settings of the big top shows allow the audience to sit only feet from the performers, which also encourages more audience participation."

The Tarzan Zerbini Circus has a rich history, Hoene said. The earliest recorded performers in the Zerbini family tree came from Italy in 1763. The circus toured Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey before coming to America in 1961. More information about the historic circus is at

Proceeds from the Shrine Circus help support the Shrine hospitals nationwide that treat children with severe burns and spinal cord injuries at no cost to their families.

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