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Farewell to 'The greatest Show on Earth'

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is performing for the last time this weekend.

FILE - In this April 1, 1963 file photo, a Ringling Brothers Circus elephant walks out of a train car as young children watch in the Bronx railroad yard in New York.  The circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively on Thursday, March 5, 2015 that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.  (AP Photo)
FILE - In this April 1, 1963 file photo, a Ringling Brothers Circus elephant walks out of a train car as young children watch in the Bronx railroad yard in New York. The circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively on Thursday, March 5, 2015 that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo)

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
Boss clown Sandor Eke juggles with fire during a show, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Providence, R.I. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
Boss clown Sandor Eke hugs fellow clowns as he holds his 2-year-old son, Michael after the red unit's final performance, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Providence, R.I. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
Beth Walters, takes a break in Clown Alley between acts during a show with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus red unit, Friday, May 5, 2017, in Providence, R.I. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
Ringling Bros. boss clown Sandor Eke, left, and Ivan Vargas put on makeup as Eke's 2-year-old son Michael watches videos on a phone before a performance, Friday, May 5, 2017, in Providence, R.I. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
The Desert Goddesses perform on camels during a show, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Providence, R.I. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
Ringling Bros. clown Beth Walters writes in a journal in her living quarters on the circus' train before heading off to the arena to perform in a show, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Walters had taken down most of the photos and decorations in her room to prepare to move out and head home after the red unit's final performance. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
Clowns with the Ringling Bros. circus red unit wait backstage for the start of the show, Friday, May 5, 2017, in Providence, R.I. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
Ringling Bros. clown Brian Wright relaxes before a show as Truett Adams puts on a wig, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Providence, R.I."The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
A man waves to people visible on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey red unit train as it passes by, Monday, May 1, 2017, in Enfield, Conn. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
A cabinet door inside a clown's living quarters on the train displays messages and signatures from past clowns who have lived in that room, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Providence, R.I. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
Ringling Bros. clown Brian Wright holds his clown bible, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Wright started collecting signatures four years ago when he joined the circus. It is now filled with memories, thoughts and jokes from clowns past, along with their pictures. He says he plans to give it to the International Clown Hall of Fame in Baraboo, Wis. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Bros Leaving the Life
Boss clown Sandor Eke, left, shaves with help from his 2-year-old son, Michael, before putting on his makeup before the opening performance, Friday, May 5, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Eke performed and worked in different roles with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus for more than 20 years before acting in the red unit's last show in Providence on May 7. After 146 years in operation, the circus will shut its curtain for the last time when the blue unit performs its last show in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Julie Jacobson

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Ringling Circus Final Show
FILE- In this Jan. 14, 2017 file photo, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ringmaster Kristen Michelle Wilson performs Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will broadcast its final show on the most 21st Century of channels: Facebook Live. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Chris O'Meara

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Ringling Circus Final Show
FILE - In this May 1, 2016 file photo, an Asian elephant performs during the national anthem for the final time in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, R.I. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will end "The Greatest Show on Earth" on May 21, 2017, following a 146-year run. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

Bill Sikes

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