My wife curiously asked me if I yell and scream at demonstrations. Well, no. That's why we have those loud speakers. Taped messages are played over them while video images are projected on a screen. I meet people, hand out literature about cruelty in circuses, engage people in a conversation about the lives of circus animals, suggest alternatives to animal circuses ( the Big Apple Circus stopped using animals; Cirque de Soleil has no animals ), and I urge them on to visit Circuses.com where they can get more information about the problem.
The confluence of the exits/entrances and the sidewalks served me very well. It's the best place to meet the people who actually paid to see the circus. Some people resented my raining on their parade---I carried a large poster of a miserable, old, chained elephant, as if to shove it up their faces--- but this is something I have to do.
Being courteous and pleasant with the public is a must. I wished those with prepaid tickets a nice evening, but to avoid the circus next time---now that they have an idea of the inherent cruelty in animal circuses. One lady told me that our video presentation turned her off to the circus, and I handed her some literature for further reading. Most people are equally pleasant, but there are some who figuratively thumbed their noses at me. I talked to a large group, probably ten people, who knew nothing about the cruelty. They were not there to watch, but only passing by. Nevertheless, they are now ten people who know better. The word is that attendance at the circus is down, and Ringling is giving away free tickets as a promotional gimmick. I did not get the chance to take a lot of photos. The following are the only photos I took of the demonstration:
Two ladies taking their case to the street