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Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus. Madison Square Garden. Demo. March 26, 2009.

Last evening’s protest at Madison Square Garden went off pretty well although a light rain fell upon us the whole time, soiling our clothes, signs, and handouts. The rain also prevented us from setting up the big screen TV used to show the undercover videos of elephant beatings and chaining. Before high tech, we unfurled a white bedsheet and projected the videos on it. It also acted like a sail and demos on windy days required two people to hold it up. It worked but it could be better. The big screen TV will make a quantum difference.

As always, when there are shows, the cops patrol the area around the garden. We had a good team of cops last night. They talked to us with respect, reminded us about the physical boundaries of the garden, and that was it. No macho displays, no attempts at intimidation. Some cops can act like, well, like themselves, you know.

Demos are scheduled for this entire weekend. Complicating last night's leafleting was the Wizard of Oz, a program showing concurrently with the circus. For my purposes, a family with kids usually meant they were circus-goers, but not last night. In many instances, I had to asked if they intended to watch the circus or the Wizard of Oz. Some people don't want strangers asking what they're business is, but I wanted to engage the circus-goers and not just any passerby. I sorted them out anyway, got into several mano-a-mano discussions about the circus' cruel ways.

The Trial

The Abuses of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus

Madison Square Garden New York City, New York

Show Dates/Show Time (In Blue): DEMOS

Thu, Mar 26 7:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM

Fri, Mar 27 10:30AM 9:30AM-11:00AM, 12:30PM-1:00PM

Sat, Mar 28 11:00AM, 3:15PM, 7:30PM 10:00AM-11:30AM, 1:00PM-1:30PM, 2:15PM-3:45PM, 5:15PM-5:45PM, 6:30PM-8:00PM

Sun, Mar 29 11:00AM, 3:15PM, 7:30PM 10:00AM-11:30AM, 1:00PM-1:30PM, 2:15PM-3:45PM, 5:15PM-5:45PM, 6:30PM-8:00PM

Wed, Apr 1 7:30PM 6:30PM-8:00PM

Sun, Apr 5 11:00AM, 3:15PM, 7:30PM 10:00AM-11:30AM, 1:00PM-1:30PM, 2:15PM-3:45PM, 5:15PM-5:45PM,

Fri, Apr 10 11:00AM, 3:15PM, 7:30PM 10:00AM-11:30AM, 1:00PM-1:30PM, 2:15PM-3:45PM,

Sat, Apr 11 11:00AM, 3:15PM, 7:30PM 10:00AM-11:30AM, 1:00PM-1:30PM, 2:15PM-3:45PM, 5:15PM-5:45PM, 6:30PM-8:00PM

Sun, Apr 12 11:00AM, 3:15PM, 7:30PM 12:30PM-1:30PM, 2:15PM-3:45PM, 5:15PM-5:45PM, 6:30PM-8:00PM

Mon, Apr 13 11:00AM, 3:15PM 10:00AM-11:30AM, 1:00PM-1:30PM, 2:15PM-3:45PM, 5:15PM-5:45PM


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