Apr 25, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The greatest show on Earth is getting into the Derby spirit.
Three elephants from Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus paraded in front of the Yum! Center on Thursday afternoon.
Asia is the matriarch of the herd and she modeled her Derby hat. The hat is one-of-a-kind and was made just for her.
The elephants also got a special meal filled with some of their favorite treats.
"They eat about 200 pounds of food a day each," said animal superintendent Ryan Henning. "Their favorite treat, believe it or not, is a loaf of freshly baked bread."
Two protesters and another person wearing an elephant suit held signs near the event.
Circus officials say they encourage everyone to come out and see how healthy and alert their animals are. They say that the animals receive attention and care every day.