The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus took entertained audience Sunday night for its final show ever.
The final show of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus begins, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Uniondale, N.Y. In making her the 39th person to play the role of circus host, Feld said it was taking a step toward modernizing the circus.
The final shows of what was billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth" was held at the Nassau Coliseum in suburban NY.
Finally, he signed off, exhorting the crowd: "Keep the circus alive inside you!" "This was one of the last nomadic tribes running around the country".
America's most celebrated circus Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus has staged its final performance in NY, as emotional performers, and wistful crowd-goers bid farewell to an institution in United States live entertainment. It was sold to Mattel in 1971, but the Feld family continued to manage the shows.
"The Greatest Show on Earth" ended with a standing ovation after ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson bid them farewell with, "Let's go home and show everyone we are forever more the Greatest Show on Earth!"
But while Ringling's mile-long train of animals and humans continued crisscrossing the country, it ultimately could not weather another major transition: last year's exit of its most famed performers, the elephants. After much protests and prolong condemnation, elephants were removed from the performing schedule of the circus.
After Ringling retired its last pachyderms to a company-owned elephant conservation centre in Florida, ticket sales declined much more than Feld expected, a spokesman said.
This weekend was the final chance for fans to see death-defying acrobats, exotic animals and flashy costumes as the circus ends its 146-year reign as one of the world's biggest big tops.
Her sister, Dawn Mirowitz, 42, of Dix Hills, New York, sobered as she pondered a future without the Ringling Brothers circus. The Felds bought the circus back in 1982.
In the end, though, Feld executives said they knew the circus couldn't compete with iPhones, the internet, video games and massively branded and carefully marketed characters.
He said more than 250 million people had seen Ringling's shows and added: "It's the people, it's the spirit, the dedication, the perseverance of everyone that you'll see here tonight that makes the impossible possible". Their other productions - Frozen on Ice, Marvel Live, Supercross, Monster Trucks, Disney on Ice - resonate better with younger generations.