The Big Apple Circus took a big step toward getting ready for this summer’s shows when its big top tent was pitched Tuesday. Located in Mill River Park, the 63-foot-tall tent cannot be missed by passersby on Washington Boulevard.
It took less than two hours for a crew of 35 to put up the tent, said Philip Thurston, the circus’ public relations manager. The crew first puts the cupola and its four supporting masts together on the ground, then lifts up the 16-foot side poles to erect the tent one side at a time.
Despite Tuesday’s efforts, the tent is not complete, Thurston said. The side walls are not in place and await installation of the ring floor, stands and lighting and sound equipment.
This year’s show, “Dance On!”, kicks off Friday and will be followed by 36 performances through Monday, July 4. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased by calling 888-541-3750 or going to the circus’ website. The box office opens Friday and will remain open through the closing date.
Quick facts about the tent. It:
• stands 63-feet high;
• has a circumference of 440 feet;
• is air-conditioned;
• accommodates more than 1,700 people; and
• was made by Canobbio Spa in Castelnuovo Scrivia, Italy.