Video Vault: Circus animals parade to the Richfield Coliseum

PENINSULA, Ohio - The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is coming to Cleveland next week, but missing from the visit will be the parade of elephants through the streets.

Concerns over the animals out in the possible cold weather have ‘trunk’-ated the parade of pachyderms.

The parade is a highlight of the visit, as it has been for years at Quicken Loans Arena, and at its previous venues of the Richfield Coliseum and the old Cleveland Arena.

Seeing circus animals winding their way in our town is a sight to behold.

I’ve dug into the Video Vault to find the parade of animals from 1990 and from 1976.

The 1990 edition is a quick 40 seconds of the animals making the hill climb from Peninsula, where the animals were unloaded from railroad cars to the Coliseum.

The Nov. 9, 1976 story is done by our former Akron Bureau Chief Tom Koch. Koch looks at the circus through the eyes of a 4 year old. The pre-schooler from Hudson gets a very close-up look at the animals thanks to Koch.

John Davenport, who be around the age of 41 today, explains the differences between horses and elephants to our WEWS reporter.

“Horses don’t have trunks,” says young John Davenport. He adds elephants are taller and, with Koch’s prompting, adds elephants have bigger ears.

The 2013 edition of the circus is at the Q from Oct. 23 to Oct. 28.

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