Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Animal Walk

National Mall

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The Ringling Bros. circus is coming to town! And even if you can't make it to the circus while they're here, you can get a piece of the action for FREE by checking out the annual pachyderm parade.  The Ringling elephants, zingmaster, and clowns will parade up 3rd street between the Capitol and the Washington monument and will make a stop on the National Mall.

All of this will take place on Tuesday, March 16th.  The animals are predicted to arrive at 1 pm, but this is subject to change.  Just like with small children, there are no guarantees with animals either, so plan to arrive early so that you don't miss the action.

The route for the animal walk is:


  • Begins on Virginia Avenue, SE
  • Northwest on Washington Avenue, SW
  • West on Independence Avenue, SW
  • North on 3rd Street, SW/NW
  • West on G Street, NW
  • North on 6th Street to the loading dock of the Verizon Center


The best place for photos is on 3rd Street between Madison and Jefferson Drives.

To view the route map, visit http://qorv.is/Mcb. To get updated route information, call the hotline at 1-866-683-3670 or follow them on Twitter @DCAnimalWalk.


  • Event Category Other, Fairs and Festivals
  • Event Cost Free
  • Event Ages All

Event Location

National Mall

900 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20565

(202) 426-6841