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The Jackson Memorial and the Actual Ringling Bros. Circus

You couldn’t write stuff this weird: The family of Michael Jackson and the city of Los Angeles have been trying to coordinate a memorial for the swarms of mourners. The Coliseum has been mentioned. Reports vary minute to minute. We got several contradicting alerts, emails and tweets yesterday about the event.

But this is our favorite aside about the Staples Center, the LAT reports today:

The Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus has long been scheduled to appear at Staples next Wednesday through Sunday, July 12. Traditionally, the Parade of the Elephants – in which the circus’ elephants walk, trunk to tail, through downtown to Staples — is held as circus performers arrive in town.

This year, that parade was scheduled for Tuesday morning – followed by a visit by local elementary school children who were to aid in the animals’ feeding. One source familiar with the planning process said that the parade would continue but that the schoolchildren would have to wait.

The Jackson memorial could double as an actual circus parade? Just by sheer coincidence?!

Previously on FBLA:

  • The Jackson Memorial: A Fitting Tribute

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