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The DC Pachyderm Parade Takes to the Streets Tonight

Look out for a herd of circus elephants marching the streets from 8 onward.

Photograph by Flickr user jacdupree.

If you go down to the Hill tonight, you’re sure of a big surprise. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to town this week, and to kick off its month-long stint in the Washington area, the annual DC Pachyderm Parade is scheduled for this evening. At 8 PM, elephants, clowns, and circus performers will start at the corner of Virginia and New Jersey avenues, Southeast, and march north past the Mall to the Verizon Center. See the provisional route here.

To celebrate the parade, local bars around the Verizon Center are offering Clown Around Downtown happy hours. Find drinks specials, clown noses, and other treats from 5 to 7:30 at Fiola, Co Co. Sala, Graffiato, Hill Country, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Rosa Mexicano, RFD, and more. While we’re not usually fans of drinking when elephants are involved (remember this nightmarish scene from Dumbo?), we’ll make an exception just this once.

To see our video of the Pachyderm Parade from 2009, click here. “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Fully Charged” will be at the Verizon Center March 15 through 18, at Baltimore’s First Mariner Arena March 21 through April 1, and at the Patriot Center April 4 through 15. For tickets, visit or call 800-551-7328.