Delray Beach raises the bar

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Success of The Big Top “On The Ave” DELRAY BEACH, FL – The forecast called for rain, but on Thursday, May 17th in downtown Delray Beach, the sky did not fall on the 50 circus performers lining Atlantic Avenue for The Big Top “On The Ave.” The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) pulled out all the stops for the most exciting installment to date of the recently renovated Signature Delray Beach Event Series.

The Big Top “On The Ave” spanned six blocks of Atlantic Avenue, from Swinton Ave to SE/NE Sixth Ave and featured the Cirque Style Rainbow Circus, as well as Trapeze Experience’s Flying Trapeze. The Rainbow Circus, based out of Miami, stationed an eclectic mix of performers on each block. The favorite acts of the evening included fire dancers, high-flying acrobats, stilt walkers, world class jugglers and dancing pirates. The three main staging areas each exhibited a different theme using coordinated costumes and music. Attendees passed through Pirate Alley, Bollywood and Vegas as they strolled through Circus Town. A huge success of the night was the Flying Trapeze on the Old School Square front lawn. Hundreds of excited guest waited in line to swing on the giant apparatus brought to Delray Beach by Trapeze Experience.

Onlookers watched locals climb the ladder and swing down onto the net. Between guest swingers the professionals running the trapeze displayed their skills as they flipped and flew from one swing to the next for the excited crowd. Colorful tents running the length of all six blocks housed the “Open Air Gallery” contemporary art exhibit and the “Live the Arts” merchant gallery hosting various Delray Beach arts programs and schools. Circus food, Shakespeare in the Park, a Fiat 500 car display, a green-screen video tent, face- painters and caricaturists were also a part of the landscape, creating sites and activities for every demographic.

The “On The Ave” series has truly become a masterpiece of Delray Beach events,” says Sarah Martin, Executive Director of the DBMC. “Event Manager, Jamie Salen, has taken a classic Delray Beach event to a whole new level and we are incredibly proud to have her on our staff,” she adds. To see pictures from The Big Top “On The Ave” visit www.facebook.com/ downtowndelraybeach For information on upcoming Delray Beach Signature Events visit www.godelray. com or call 561-279-1380 X17