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After 146 years, the end to ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’




A performer rides an elephant holding a US national flag during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Washington, DC on March 19, 2015.
A performer rides an elephant holding a US national flag during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Washington, DC on March 19, 2015.
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The big top comes down: Ringling Bros. circus is closing.

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May.

The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.

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Les Neuhaus, reporter who’s been covering the story for the LA Times; he tweets @LesNeuhaus