On the Road with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey CircusAdd to Lightbox Download
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, 39, gives his daughter Lila, 6, a kiss in his dressing room before a performance. Johnathan Lee Iverson made history at only 22 years old, when he became the youngest, the first New Yorker, and the first African American ringmaster in the nearly 140 year history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus started in 1919 when the circus created by James Anthony Bailey and P. T. Barnum merged with the Ringling Brothers Circus. Currently, the circus maintains two circus train-based shows, the Blue Tour and the Red Tour, as well as the truck-based Gold Tour. Each train is a mile long with roughly 60 cars: 40 passenger cars and 20 freight. Each train presents a different "edition" of the show, using a numbering scheme that dates back to circus origins in 1871 — the first year of P.T. Barnum's show.
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