The Great Circus Parade – July 12, 2009

June 29, 2009 by · 7 Comments
Filed under: Entertainment 

flickr-photoactionusaOn Sunday, July 12th, The Great Circus Parade will take place in Milwaukee!  It’s been six years since the last parade in Milwaukee, and this year will mark the 30th parade.  Thanks to the generosity of many donors and sponsors, this parade will have over 100 units, including 52 historic circus wagons from Circus World in Baraboo.

This is a wonderful event to experience and, best of all, it’s free!  Here’s some information to help you plan for the parade:

Admission and Seating

The parade is free and open to the public.  To get the best seats possible, people have been known to camp out along the parade route for days before the event.  If sleeping on the sidewalk to reserve a spot isn’t your style, there are seating packages available.

VIP bleacher seating is available in front of the U.S. Cellular Arena along Kilbourn Avenue. The $35 per seat package includes:

  • Reserved seating
  • $6 in complimentary food and beverage coupons
  • A souvenir seat cushion
  • Exclusive access to air-conditioned, indoor seating, concession stands, and restrooms in the U.S. Cellular Arena
  • Giant-screen scoreboard video and concourse monitors with broadcast Parade coverage and commentary

Reserved general admission bleacher seating also can be purchased through the Milwaukee County Parks.  These bleacher seats are located on the O’Donnell Park plaza (near the orange sunburst sculpture and Betty Brinn museum).  Tickets are $30 or a family four pack can be purchased for $100.

Marcus Hotels and Resorts also has various parade seat and dining packages at the Pfister and the Hilton Milwaukee City Center available for sale .


You’ll want to plan ahead to make sure you get good parking.  Downtown streets will close at 11am, so you should park before 11am to avoid road closures along the parade route.  The Great Circus Parade website suggests parking near O’Donnell park or U.S. Cellular Arena.

You can use the Park Milwaukee website to explore all your options for parking.

Parade Route and Schedule

Here is a PDF file of the parade route from The Great Circus Parade website.

11:00 am – Downtown streets close for parade.  Bleachers and concession stands open.
1:30 pm – Parade rolls onto North Prospect and then Wisconsin Avenue.
2:00 pm – Parade reaches U.S. Cellular Arena
4:30 pm – Parade has passed and streets begin to reopen

Streetza Pizza Promotion

Sunday will likely be a long day for many Great Circus Parade attendees. There will be official parade route vendors selling food and drink, and one worth checking out is Streetza Pizza. We follow Streetza Pizza on Twitter and asked them if they were planning to sell their pizza at The Great Circus Parade. Streetza informed us that they will be located on the corner of Broadway and Wisconsin Avenue from 10am to 4pm. Streetza has also offered readers of Milwaukee Consumer a free soda or water with the purchase of any slice. Just say that you read about them on Milwaukee Consumer! Streetza will also be handing out free frozen Flavor Ices, while supplies last. Check out Streetza’s story at

HD Broadcast on MPTV

If you can’t make it to the parade, you can relax in the comfort of your own home and enjoy it on TV!  MPTV will be televising the parade in HD.  For more information, see the MPTV website.

Hotel Reservations

See or the various overnight room packages that Marcus Hotels & Resorts has at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, the Pfister, and the Intercontinental Milwaukee.

The Great Circus Parade Festival and Showgrounds

The Great Circus Parade Festival and Showgrounds will be located in Veterans Park located on Milwaukee’s Lakefront.  From Wednesday, July 8th, to Saturday, July 11th, see live tented performances of the Kelly Miller Circus, a petting zoo, antique bandorgans, animal rides, circus wagon displayes, a kiddie circus train ride, and hundreds of horses preparing for the Parade on July 12th.   Admission to the showgrounds is free.  Pricing info from the Festival website:

Kelly Miller Circus performances: $10 general admission; $12 for box seats. Parking in Veterans Memorial Park: $10 Wednesday and Thursday; $15 Friday and Saturday. Percheron horse rides: $5. Camel and pony rides: $4. Carousel, ferris wheel and circus train kiddie rides: $3. Petting zoo: free admission to look; feed for the animals 50¢-$1. Other activity prices: TBA. Order tickets by phone at 580-326-8345.

Festival and Showgrounds schedule from the Parade website:

Wednesday, July 8
Showgrounds open from noon to 10 pm. Kelly Miller Circus performance at 8 pm.

Thursday, July 9
Showgrounds open from 9 am to 10 pm. Kelly Miller Circus performances at 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm and 8 pm.

Friday, July 10
Showgrounds open from 9 am to 10 pm. Kelly Miller Circus performances at 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm and 8 pm.

Saturday, July 11
Showgrounds open from 9 am to 10 pm. Kelly Miller Circus performances at 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 8 pm. Practice runs with wagons and teams begin at 9 am.

Sunday, July 12
Showgrounds closed to the public during the Great Circus Parade. The parade steps out at 1:30 pm.

Official Great Circus Parade Website

For more information, see The Great Circus Parade website.

Ten Milwaukee Businesses on Twitter to Follow

June 16, 2009 by · 6 Comments
Filed under: News 


Today is Top Ten Tuesday.  Here’s a list of ten local businesses that tweet on Twitter and are worth following to learn more about their business, get information on special deals, or just be entertained.

The list is in alphabetical order.  Just click on the @name to go to their Twitter page. There were way more than ten candidates, so it’s likely we’ll have another list soon.  Feel free to leave a comment if you have a good business that our readers should follow on Twitter and that we should consider for our next list!

@BlatzLiquor …………… Blatz Liquor website

@FrugalGossip …………..Frugal Gossip website

@George_Webb ………… George Webb website

@Ironhorsehotel ………. Iron Horse Hotel website

@MarcusHotels ……….. Marcus Hotels website

@MosIrishPub …………. Mo’s Irish Pub website

@PabstTheater …………. Pabst Theater website

@RehorstVodkaGin …… Great Lakes Distillery website

@Streetzapizza …………. Streetza Pizza website

@Summerfest …………… Summerfest website