Pachyderm Parade Excites People of All Ages

There’s nothing like the circus to bring out the kid in people of all ages.


That was the  case on Monday night when adults and children lined the  streets near  Reliant Park to get a closeup view of the Pachyderm Parade. 

That’s right,  there were  elephants and horses walking  in the street, while  people snapped pictures, waved and smiled at the animals and their trainers.

The exciting event, which takes place every year, signals the arrival of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The animals were brought to Houston by train,  unloaded on the tracks near Holly Hall and Almeda, and lined up to walk more than a mile to Reliant Stadium.

The circus starts on Wednesday, July 15th, but the animal walk gave the excited crowd a sneak peak of what to expect under the big top.

According to folks with the circus, this year the pachyderm performers include some very special Asian Elephants that were born at the center for Elephant conservation.

The 200-acre facility is dedicated to the reproduction research and retirement of the endangered Asian elephant.

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