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World Autism Awareness Day Ends Under the Big Top

April 09, 2008

The first ever World Autism Awareness Day in New York City came to a fantastic conclusion at the Circus at Madison Square Garden! Feld Entertainment's Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus welcomed families touched by autism to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and kick off a partnership with Autism Speaks. Mark Roithmayr, Autism Speaks President, served as Guest Ringmaster and welcomed the audience to The Greatest Show on Earth.® “Today we conclude a celebration of the first annual World Autism Awareness Day,” said Roithmayr. “Celebrated on all continents… today is about compassion for our families… they deserve our respect and support.” He thanked the crowd and the Circus and then

View highlights from the circus
YouTube video ~ 2 minutes

View highlights from the circus
YouTube video ~ 1.5 minutes

introduced Chuck Wagner, the “one, the only” real Ringmaster who started the show.

Prior to the start of the circus, children with autism and their families and friends were invited into the three rings to visit with the acrobats, learn how to juggle, try on circus costumes and meet some of the animals who star in the show.