No longer a spectacle but still beloved by many, Ringling circus picks Providence for a final run

FINAL BOW: Taba Maluenda, an animal trainer and tiger presenter from Chile, kisses a Bengal tiger during a Ringling Bros. “Circus Xtreme” show. The circus will close for good this year after 146 years of entertaining audiences. / COURTESY FELD ENTERTAINMENT INC.
When Lawrence Records was a child in the 1960s he attended a special Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance at the Providence Auditorium. It left a lasting impression. “When I saw elephants at the circus, I said, ‘Someday I’m going to own an elephant,’ ” Records said. “I started saving 25-cent pieces, and…
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