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The Circus Has Come To Town: Elephants Parade Through Midtown Tunnel

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It was bumper to bumper — of a different sort — in the Midtown Tunnel early Wednesday morning.

The Ringling Brothers elephants made their annual grand entrance to Manhattan.

Plenty of circus fans were on hand to welcome them.

Animal rights activists were there as well. They say the animals are mistreated in their training, charges the circus denies.

Meanwhile, some children at the Salvation Army in Chinatown got a sneak peak of what's in store for the circus.

The circus's Zunyi Troupe performed some of their juggling and hand-balancing acts there Wednesday.

"It's a celebration of life and happiness. It's a huge party,” said Paulina Piekarski of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. “We have elephants. We have tigers. We have tightrope. We have sway poles. We have trapeze. We have a number of acts that everybody would enjoy. It's a party. It's just a great, great celebration."

Ten thousand children and their families from the Salvation Army will get to see the troupe, along with the rest of the circus, on Friday.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey kicks off a 16-day, 28-show engagement at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

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