Opening night of the last Ringling Bros. circus tour at the Nassau Coliseum

On Friday, May 12, 2017 Ringling Bros. and Barnum

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On Friday, May 12, 2017 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, an American institution born 146 years ago, began its last run of performances Friday night at the new Nassau Coliseum. After more than a decade of legal battles with animal rights groups and a decision last May to pull its Asian elephants from shows, Ringling announced its closure in January following an unexpectedly sharp downturn in attendance. (Credit: Newsday / Christopher Ware)

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