Shrine Circus Family Show at Hazel Park Raceway
The Wallendas, tigers, clowns, acrobatic acts, sword balancing and juggling are among the acts set for the famous Detroit circus, returning March 27-30, 2014
Wallendas and tigers and sword balancing – oh, my! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: You can expect to find all these danger-defying acts (and plenty) more when the annual Shrine Circus returns to the Hazel Park Raceway March 27-30, 2014 for eight shows spanning four days.
This year, the traditional spectacle, wherein "European circus meets a great American tradition," features one of the biggest names in the circus circuit. The World Famous Wallendas return to steal your breath with contemporary high-wire walking shenanigans – lead by Rick Wallenda, current patriarch of the famed family, which brims with plenty of new talent.
Stirring new marvel into the mix this year, talented tigers trained by veterans Juergen and Judith Nerger are set to make a first-time appearance. These trainers boast some 30 years of experience working with tigers and bears. And Erika Zerbini – an artist "known for her compassion for her animals," organizers say – also returns with her liberty horse and elephant act.
Back to the people feats: Crowd pleasers Robert and Gabriella Zerbini bring back their sword balancing and juggling prowess (Gabriella is also an award-winning trapeze artist). And another new addition, the eight-member Dragomir troupe of Romania, delivers high-flying acrobatic stunts, including a "perch pole" routine that takes balancing to hair-raising heights.
And of course, watch for plenty of antics from the Shrine clowns! For one of them, it's even a family affair: Argentinian clown Pioleta appears in the ring with his two boys, who get in on dad's act as his "mini me's." It's all led by beloved ringmaster Richard Curtis, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
Tickets range $6 to $50, and show times are as follows:
- Thursday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 4 and 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. and 2 and 7 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 and 5 p.m.
To get directions and the basic details for the 2014 Detroit Shrine Circus at Hazel Park Raceway, now in its 108th year, be sure to swing by the Metro Parent calendar listing.