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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kenner welcomes the Shrine Circus

A clown greets Raina Gordan, 2, and her grandmother, Marie Gray at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner during the Jerusalem Shrine Circus
Thursday, November 25, 2010
The circus is headed to Kenner and the Jerusalem Temple Shriners will once again entertain crowds.

The 64th annual Shrine Circus will begin Friday and run through Sunday.

Performances will be held Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m. at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd.

Shriner Philip Gilligan says the family event will have something for everyone, especially children. This year the Shriners have provided vouchers to students in schools in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, St. Bernard, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.

“We are excited about the circus this year and we want to make sure all children have the opportunity to enjoy the performances,” Gilligan added. “We are all still children at heart and it will be a show to remember.”

The big top will feature the flying trapeze, a high-wire act, tigers, elephants, acrobats, motorcycle daredevils and, of course, clowns.

During each show’s intermission, the Shriners will award one boy and one girl a bicycle.

Children may sign up for the giveaway through a coupon offered in the show’s program books.

The circus will be performed by the Royal Hanneford Circus.

Proceeds from the circus benefit the local Shrine in Destrehan and its community activities. The circus is the organization’s largest fund-raising event. “The Shrine Circus provides a quality, fun-filled, family experience with proceeds going to a great cause — the good work of the Jerusalem Shriners in your community,” Gilligan said.

Tickets cost $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 3 through 12. Children younger than 3 are admitted free.

Tickets are available at the Shrine Center in Destrehan at 1940 Ormond Blvd., by calling 985.725.1716, through Ticketmaster or at the door. For information, visit www.jerusalemshriners.com.

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