TWO winners of VIP Floor Tix to Ringling Brothers

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Two winners were picked by and each won 4 VIP floor seats tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s opening weekend: Sunday June 20. The winners can choose between the 1p.m. or 5 p.m. performances.

Thanks to everyone who told us their favorite Brooklyn or Manhattan playground and why either here or on our Facebook page. We got some great ideas from you!

And the winners are……

Sara! And here was her favorite playground entry: “We also love “Froggy Park” on 82nd street and 6th avenue. Great slide, twisty ones.” entered from here on the blog.

Kimberly! And here was her favorite playground entry: “We love Harmony playground–my daughter loves playing with the musical equipment and serving me coffee at her imaginary coffee shop!” entered from our Facebook page

(contact me to get your tix!)

And, I’m really sorry if you didn’t win but you can still go to the show!

The show runs June 17 – September 6 in an air-conditioned tent on Surf Avenue and West 21st Street, the same location where Ringling Bros. spent its 2009 inaugural season. Tickets, starting as low as $10, are on sale now.  Tickets available via, Ticketmaster retail locations or via phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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  1. I feel scared and sorry for this family as they will be so close to these abused animals. It is only a matter of time before another incident happens with a Ringling animal getting “loose” and hurting itself and circus-goers. In fact, an elephant from Cole Brothers circus escaped earlier this year (2010) and put the lives of many people in danger. These animals are abused and that is why they may, at any time, act out. In 2009, PETA recorded Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus employees for many months and in numerous
    U.S. states. Eight employees, including the head elephant trainer and the animal superintendent, were videotaped backstage repeatedly hitting elephants in the head, trunk, ears, and other sensitive body parts with bullhooks and other cruel training devices just before the animals would enter the arena for performances. (A bullhook is an elephanttraining
    tool that resembles a fireplace poker.) A tiger trainer was videotaped beating tigers during dress rehearsals. Footage from the investigation can be viewed at
    Former Ringling employees have reported that elephants are routinely abused and violently beaten with bullhooks. In December 2009, PETA released dozens of photographs taken by a retired Ringling trainer named Sam Haddock. The photos reveal the violent training methods used on baby elephants at Ringling’s Polk City, Florida, training center. The
    photos, which are available at, depict baby elephants bound with ropes and wrestled into physically difficult and uncomfortable positions by several adult men. According to Haddock’s notarized statement, the elephants scream, cry, and struggle as they are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. According to him, these violent training methods are the only way an elephant can be
    trained to perform in circuses.

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