Clowning Around with the Piccadilly Circus

Roll Off Dumpster made an appearance at the Piccadilly Circus at Park City Mall in Lancaster, PA. We don’t clown around so we left the fire throwing and high flying to the real professionals. Our dumpsters were used for the set up of the massive Big Top tent.  

So when exactly did circuses become popular in the US? 

According to a PBS article, a few years after the circus concept became popular in Europe, the same trend began spreading in the United States. 

In 1793, equestrian John Bill Ricketts opened a one-ring circus in Philadelphia, and the attraction was so popular that word spread and President George Washington rode into town to see the show. Ricketts’ production was closely modeled after Astley’s circus in that it featured a single ring and one entertainer at a time. But several cultural and monetary shifts would soon morph the traditional circus into a singularly American production.