Parade Marshal Wopat among four-day Circus Celebration highlights
Tony-nominated star of stage and screen, singer and recording artist Tom Wopat, a Lodi native, will serve as the grand marshal of the 2nd Annual Baraboo Big Top Parade in Baraboo, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m.
By Chris Mertes
From Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27, Baraboo will celebrate its colossal circus roots with a new four-day Circus Celebration festival and Big Top Parade for children of all ages.
“Young, old, young at heart, old at heart, everyone will enjoy the Circus Celebration Days and Baraboo Big Top Parade,” said Debra Bauer, Executive Director of the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the festival with Downtown Baraboo, Inc.
The festival coincides with the 130th anniversary of the Ringling Bros. Circus, which presented its first performance in Baraboo on May 19, 1884. The circus operated its winter quarters along the banks of the Baraboo River, now a National Historic Landmark, for the following 34 years.
“There are a lot of communities in Wisconsin that have a circus connection, but nobody has a connection to the largest circus of all time, the Ringling Bros. World’s Greatest Shows. That’s Baraboo and only Baraboo residents have that connection,” noted Baraboo native David SaLoutos, Circus World’s Performance Director and Ringmaster.
Thursday, July 24 – Free Circus Band Concert on the Square
The four days of family-friendly Circus Celebration events will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24 with a free Concert on the Square presented by Professor Gerald Stich’s Original Baraboo Circus Band on the grounds of downtown Baraboo’s historic courthouse. The concert will feature guest artist David SaLoutos, Circus World Museum Ringmaster, reciting the history of circus music, as written by the late circus historian Robert Parkinson.