May 20 (UPI) — Sunday’s final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus will be live-streamed on Ringling.com, Facebook Live and on YouTube.
The last show will begin at 7 p.m. ET at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
Feld Entertainment Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey, announced in January the 146-year-old circus will offer its final performances this spring.
The company said it decided to wrap up the show, which is famous for its animal acts and high-flying acrobatics, because high costs and a drop in ticket sales made the circus an unsustainable business.
“Following the transition of the elephants off the circus, the company saw a decline in ticket sales greater than could have been anticipated,” Feld Entertainment said, referring to how the show retired its elephants last year in response to pressure from animal-rights activists.