Your Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus memories

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For the past 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been a tradition for families on Long Island and around the United States.

From elephants to the flying trapeze act and dancing bears, there are more than a century of collective memories to share.

With its final eight-day run coming to the new Nassau Coliseum in May, we want to see your memorable moments from the The Greatest Show on Earth.

Whether you've posed with performers, taken a close-up of your favorite animal, gotten cotton-candy messy, had your face painted or documented another treasured experience, submit your photos here, and they might be published in Newsday and/or on Newsday.com. (Captions are submitted by readers who share their photos.)

I went to East Meadow High and joined
(Credit: Not sure)

reader photosNot sureI went to East Meadow High and joined the Greatest Show on Earth, red unit in 1984 through 1986. I auditioned at Nassau Colliseum. I went on to have my own solo aerial act for 6 years travelling around the country on various other shows including returning to Ringling with my act in 1993.

I'm very proud that I am one of
(Credit: Probably my mother again.)

reader photosProbably my mother again.I'm very proud that I am one of the few who got to ride an elephant.

I went on to do a solo aerial
(Credit: Not sure)

reader photosNot sureI went on to do a solo aerial act of my own. Follow your dreams!!

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Me and the Flying Espana ladies in 1985.
(Credit: Not sure)

reader photosNot sureMe and the Flying Espana ladies in 1985.

Jon Weiss Getting shot out of the cannon,
(Credit: Laura Weiss Las Vegas)

reader photosLaura Weiss Las VegasJon Weiss Getting shot out of the cannon, I did this for 15 years on the Ringling Blue and Red show.

1983 my first year of the 27 years
(Credit: Jon Weiss Las Vegas)

reader photosJon Weiss Las Vegas1983 my first year of the 27 years we spent touring with the Greatest Show on Earth. Laura Weiss, elephant rider.

David DeGroot (4) & Kathy DeGroot (2) visiting
(Credit: Jim Bove, Malverne, NY)

reader photosJim Bove, Malverne, NYDavid DeGroot (4) & Kathy DeGroot (2) visiting with the clowns while watching Ringling Bros Circus walk from the train to Nassau Coliseum November 1974. David was thrilled. Kathy not so much.

Baby elephant being chained down for training for
(Credit: Sam Haddock)

reader photosSam HaddockBaby elephant being chained down for training for Ringling Bros. Circus at the Center for Elephant Conservation.

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Jon Weiss 1982, my first year with Ringling.
(Credit: Laura Weiss Las Vegas)

reader photosLaura Weiss Las VegasJon Weiss 1982, my first year with Ringling. Portraying a mom in the classic fire house clown gag!

Baby elephant training at the Center for Elephant
(Credit: Sam Haddock)

reader photosSam HaddockBaby elephant training at the Center for Elephant Conservation (owned by Ringling), taken by Sam Haddock

Clown Jon Weiss and Showgirl Laura Weiss Our
(Credit: Don't remember)

reader photosDon't rememberClown Jon Weiss and Showgirl Laura Weiss Our wedding day May 2 1986 Madison Square Garden

Clown Jon Weiss and show girl Laura weiss
(Credit: Don't remember)

reader photosDon't rememberClown Jon Weiss and show girl Laura weiss

The elephants
(Credit: Erin McCarthy)

reader photosErin McCarthyThe elephants

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Aug 2016 Anaheim ca. Honda center.
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reader photosI took this photo of beautiful tAug 2016 Anaheim ca. Honda center.

elephants outside
(Credit: robbie thomas)

reader photosrobbie thomaselephants outside

Lauren age 4 Caiden age 3 in 2013
(Credit: Erin McCarthy (Kids are Lauren a)

reader photosErin McCarthy (Kids are Lauren aLauren age 4 Caiden age 3 in 2013

Baby elephant training at the Center for Elephant
(Credit: Sam Haddock)

reader photosSam HaddockBaby elephant training at the Center for Elephant Conservation (owned by Ringling), taken by Sam Haddock

My daughter Ellie standing up for the Elephants
(Credit: Molly Nicoletta, Seattle WA)

reader photosMolly Nicoletta, Seattle WAMy daughter Ellie standing up for the Elephants outside a Ringling Brothers Circus in Everett, WA.

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