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I'm a little biased because I remember going to a Ringling Bros. circus show when I was in second grade on a field trip with my class. I loved every dazzling second of it. But going to the circus really is is a bit like a rite of passage in the U.S. With animals like tigers, elephants, horses, and even goats and llamas, plus superhuman acrobatics and athletics, what’s not to love? There’s a reason Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been among the top events on for the last few months — everyone enjoys the circus! Here are five reasons why...

1. Visiting a circus is like participating in a little piece of history. Circuses date back to Ancient Rome. Then, it was an exhibition for horse and chariot races, staged battles, and equestrian shows — all things that have obviously faded out of practice today. Still, those circuses started the tradition of displaying jugglers, acrobats, and trained animals. What it boils down to is this: circuses have been around literally for centuries, with great success, so who are we to argue?

2. Kids and parents can enjoy it. I’m sorry, but in what rulebook does it say you must be a child to enjoy seeing adorable elephants who stand on their hind legs? None, which means it’s totally fine for everyone to like the circus. Most kids would be completely amazed to see someone eat fire or to be given the opportunity to mingle with some of the performers (at every Ringling Bros. show, there’s a pre-show party that’s free with each ticket). Meanwhile, even if parents aren’t enthralled by Battulga Battogtokh, a descendant of Genghis Khan who can literally lift telephone poles, then at least the kids are nice and occupied for a while.

3. It never gets old. Ringling Bros. has several circus shows going at any given time. Each show features gymnasts/acrobats, clowns, ringleaders, and animals. In addition to that, Fully Charged has Battulga Battogtokh, who I mentioned above, as well as a comedy duo, highwire act, motorcycle troupe, and a juggling team. Built to Amaze ihas magicians, a highwire act where a husband lifts his wife 30 feet into the air using his jaw, folklore dancers, and a woman who is shot out of a cannon. Also: their promo features an elephant in a hard hat. (I really love elephants.) Dragons includes martial arts masters; Kung Fu; performing puppies (!!!); dragons (obviously); and a family that rides 8 motorcycles inside of a 16-foot steel sphere (and they drive up to 65 mph). I'm not sure you can see that kind of stuff elsewhere, but don't quote me on that.

4. The animals are really incredible. Dancing elephants? Tigers that don’t immediately eat the human in front of them? Poodles that jump rope? Um, yes please. It’s even cooler to know that all of the dogs that perform in the show are from animal shelters and/or rescued from poor living conditions. In addition, Ringling Bros. opened a Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida in 1995 for the breeding, research, and retirement of its Asian Elephant herd; the circus also works to keep endangered species like the Bengal tiger alive with breeding programs.

5. It’s called “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Enough said.