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Photo of an antique circus parade wagon, 1935
柯尔兄弟的「亚洲」车作
1935

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马戏团游行(世界马戏团博物馆)
地方性遗产

照片中的马戏团马车漂亮吗?它造于1935年,而且是威斯康星州密耳瓦基所举办的马戏团游行中的一部分。

每年七月,100多位小丑、1,000名音乐家、700匹马及许多的动物,包括大象及骆驼,都会参加一个自20世纪初以来,就开始举办的重现马戏团街道游行。在收音机及电视普及之前,「马戏团日」是一个脱离日常工作、欣赏旅行表演者所带来的演出的时刻。

这个极具历史意义的马戏团马车,拥有精心制作的木雕、镜子般的表面及彩色的轮子。这些放置在大马戏团火车上的马车,来自于威斯康星州巴布拉市的世界马戏团博物馆。这个博物馆收藏有150多台的马车。曾经,威斯康星州被叫做「马戏团之母」,它是100多顶帐蓬秀的故乡或冬季驻扎处。

现在的游行路线始于密西根湖岸附近。它会迂回穿越密耳瓦基的市区街道,但路线沿途必须进行些许改变。密耳瓦基市内各座桥的开阔金属栅栏必须先加盖起来,这样,动物才敢穿越这些桥,而且牛只不愿踩到下水道的盖子;不要问为什么,没有人有答案。


Isn't the circus wagon in the photo beautiful? It dates from 1935 and it is part of the Circus Parade in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Every year in July more than 100 clowns, 1,000 musicians, 700 horses and lots of animals, including elephants and camels, take part in a re-creation of a circus street parade from the beginning of the 20th century. Before the days of radio and television, "Circus Day" was a time to escape the normal routine and enjoy the entertainment provided by the traveling performers.

The historic circus wagons have elaborate woodcarvings, mirrored surfaces, and colorful wheels. These wagons are brought on the Great Circus Train from the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, which has a collection of more than 150 wagons. At one time Wisconsin was known as the "Mother of Circuses," and was the home or winter quarters for more than 100 traveling tent shows.

Today, the parade route starts near the shores of Lake Michigan. It winds its way through the streets of downtown Milwaukee. But a few changes must be made along the route. The open metal gratings on Milwaukee's bridges have to be covered so the animals won't be afraid to cross. And the oxen refuse to step on manhole covers. Don't ask why. No one knows.


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