NEW YORK (PIX11) — The circus is in town and free.
The Big Apple Circus will be free on Tuesdays, starting Dec. 6 through the end of the year, they announced Monday. Mayor Eric Adams had, in a since deleted tweet, indicated the free performances would start on Nov. 29.
Guinness World Record holder Nik Wallenda is leading the show. He said that he hopes the circus performances can inspire others to chase their dreams.
“It is my personal goal that everyone and anyone that would normally not have the opportunity to see the art of circus would get that great opportunity,” he said.
The performers “give their heart and souls to make New York laugh,” Mayor Adams said. He was on hand to help announce the free performances. Adams noted the decision was especially timely with the holidays coming up.
“The season is called Thanksgiving, not Thanks-receiving,” Adams said.
In partnership with the iHeartMedia Foundation and the Child Mind Institute, 5,000 free tickets will be given to community organizations throughout the month. The tickets will be distributed through a network of charities and foundations, including Lupus Foundation of NY, Candelighters NYC (Childhood Cancer Foundation), The National Kidney Association and more. Tickets will also be distributed by the Child Mind Institute. Those not able to attend the free shows on Tuesday can get tickets here.