Ringling Circus Wants To Close Everett Street to Wash Elephants and Honor Oso 1st Responders

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In 2011, anti-PETA protesters mixed right in with the PETA protesters in downtown Everett as the circus came to town.

That’s a headline you won’t likely see again… An interesting item is coming before the Everett City Council for its Wednesday night meeting. Feld Entertainment, who promotes the Ringling Brothers Circus, has made a special event application to close Wall Street just south of Comcast Arena at Everett for what is being called an Oso First Responder Recognition Ceremony and Elephant Bath for the Ringling Brothers Circus. The briefing papers with the Everett City Council Agenda don’t really explain what one thing has to do with the other. The closure is requested on September 17th between 9:00am and 2:00pm. It will be interesting to see if animal rights activists target the event if it is approved. The Circus annual visit has been marked by protests both pro and con regarding the elephants over the past several years. The recent death of an elephant at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle as reported by our news partner, The Seattle Times, may bring more attention to the issue of elephants performing in Everett. The Everett City Council meeting begins Wednesday at 6:30pm at 3002 Wetmore in downtown Everett and allows public comment if you’d like to provide your input.

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