It took a crew of 35 people about two hours to pitch the tent./Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo
The Big Apple Circus took a big step torward getting ready for this summer’s shows when the tent was pitched Tuesday. Located in Mill River Park, the 63-foot tall tent cannot be missed by people passing by on Washington Boulevard. It took less than two hours for a crew of 35 to put the tent up, said Philip Thurston, the circus’ public relations manager. The crew first puts the cupola and its four supporting masts together on the ground, then lifts up the 16-foot side poles to erect the tent one side at a time. Despite Tuesday’s efforts, the tent is not complete, Thurston said. The side walls are not in place and must await installation of the ring floor, stands and lighting and sound equipment.
This year’s show, “Dance On!”, kicks off Friday, June 10, and will be followed by 36 performances through Monday, July 4. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased by calling (888) 541-3750 or at the circus’ website. The box office opens Friday and will remain open through the closing date. Quick facts about the tent. It: ¦ stands 63-feet high; ¦ has a circumference of 440 feet; ¦ is air-conditioned; ¦ accommodates over 1,700 people; ¦ was made by Canobbio Spa. in Castelnuovo Scrivia, Italy.