Ringling Bros Elephant Walk {Birmingham}

2004 - Matt & I's first Circus together.
2004 - Matt & I's first Circus together.

The first thing you should know is I (Ashley) LOVE the circus! I went for the first time in college when my best friend surprised me one night while we were just "hanging out" in Savannah. I immediately fell in love with all of the magic surrounding it! I even got information on how I could join.

The first weekend I met Matt (and he actually remembered meeting me) I went on and on about how awesome the circus was. When my birthday rolled around six months later, he surprised me with front row Circus Celebrity tickets. This meant my dream was going to come true, I got to be IN the circus. During the opening number, we were part of the parade and I even got to wear the Ringmaster's hat!

So, when I heard the Circus was coming to Birmingham and there would be an Elephant Walk parade, I was there! They were going to walk from the trainyard to the BJCC between 8:00 and 10:00AM. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss it, so we were there at 7:30AM. We sat in the car for awhile before I got antsy. Then, I made Matt stand in the freezing cold for the next hour and a half waiting for the Elephants.

Here's a video of the Elephant Walk that Matt put together. Ringling Brothers were awesome and had one of the Elephants wear a houndstooth hat and hold an University of Alabama flag as a tribute to their BCS National Championship. There were many Roll Tides yelled from the streets! Enjoy!