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The CIRCUS In The Park Extravaganza Rolls Into Nyack!

27-circus_fNyack’s own Amazing Grace CIRCUS! – the Hudson Valley’s only year-round youth circus –  will present a two week “Circus-in-the-Park Extravaganza!” beginning July 15 through August 2nd in Memorial Park, Nyack, NY.

AGC! is celebrating the 2009 Hudson River Quadricentennial and the Bicentennial Birth of the American Circus.  “Circus In The Park” events include an old fashioned tent raising on the banks of the Hudson,  Family Fun Day under the BIG TOP,  Circus Camp under the Big Top, Circus Movie Night in the tent and the first Circus Parade ever down Main Street!  The Amazing Grace Circus! Extravaganza culminates with 7 Circus Performances under the BIG TOP in Memorial Park in Nyack.

Each show will feature the AGC! Youth Troupe along with appearances by internationally recognized circus stars. Circus goers can enjoy ringside or bleacher seating within the intimate 400-seat circus tent, built by the Cirque du Soleil tent makers in France.

* Wednesday, 7/15/09 – Tent Raising in the Park *

The Cirque Passion BIG TOP tent rolls into Memorial Park on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 to set up for AGC!’s Historic Circus-in-the-Park Extravaganza! All are welcome to watch as the BIG TOP is unloaded and the stakes laid out. Sacha Pavlata is Cirque Passion’s Tent Master ‘€“ come on down to watch a 5th generation Hungarian circus master ply his trade!  Be a part of a time-honored tradition among circus families… putting up your own tent!   This is a history-making event: AGC! will be raising the first circus tent in over 100 years in Nyack’s Memorial Park.

* Sunday, 7/19/09 – AGC! Kick-off Event: A CIRCUS Family Fun Day * Nyack Street Fair!

Stroll through Nyack’s famous Street Fair Sunday, July 19th, 2009 on your way to the Amazing Grace Circus “Family Fun Day” under the BIG TOP! Join us in the AGC! Tent in Memorial Park (along Piermont Ave., at the foot of Depew Avenue) as kids of all ages test their skill at Rola Bola, Walk the Tightwire,  and Learn to Juggle… and be sure not to miss our Cotton Candy Social, presented by the Nyack Rotary!

* Monday – Friday, 7/20-7/24; 7/27-7/31:  Circus Arts Camp under the Big Top *

Camp begins July 20 and runs for 2 weeks; registration forms & additional info may be found at

* Saturday, July 25th –  ‘€˜Old Tyme Circus Parade’ down Main Street! *

AGC! presents a real,  old fashioned Circus parade stepping off at 10 a.m. from the corner of Franklin and Main Streets.  Cheer as real live Circus performers, clowns, artists, mounted police, an elephant, two llamas and the fire department proudly march down Nyack’s Main Street!  This is truly a history-making event: AGC! will be raising the first circus tent in over 100 years in  Memorial Park – and even more exciting for the young at heart, the parade will feature Minnie, the first elephant EVER to walk down Main Street!

* Saturday, July 25 – CIRCUS! Opening Day Ribbon Cutting Ceremony *

* CIRCUS! performances under the Big Top at noon and 4 p.m. *

Following the parade, Co-Grand Marshalls, Nyack’s Mayor John Shields and Hon. Harriet Cornell, Rockland County’s Chairwoman of the Legislature will both serve as co-Ringmasters for an Opening Day Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in the Big Top ring, celebrating the start of the First Annual ‘€˜Circus-in-the-Park Extravaganza with  performances under the Big Top at noon and 4 p.m.

* Sunday, July 26 – CIRCUS! PERFORMANCE under the Big Top at 2 p.m. *

* Tuesday, July 28, 7:30-10 p.m. – Circus Movie in the Tent *

Intrigue under the Big Top!  AGC! presents Cecil B. DeMille’s classic circus movie “The Greatest Show On Earth”, starring Jimmy Stewart!  The presentation begins with a medley of Merry Melody Cartoons, so pack the kids in their PJ’s and join us for a family friendly movie event!  All seats just $5.

* Friday, July 31 – Gala Benefit Performance for Amazing Grace Circus! 7:30 p.m.*

* Saturday, August 1 – CIRCUS! performances under the Big Top at noon and 4 p.m. *

* Sunday, August 2 – FINAL CIRCUS! PERFORMANCE under the Big Top at 2 p.m. *

Tickets are available for all 7 Circus performances (July 25, 26, 31; August 1 & 2) at

A DISCOUNT is offered on ticket sales to Groups of 10 or more – please inquire for details!

* Save 10-15% with Ticket Stubs! *

Even more good news!  Audience members can enjoy a 10-15% AGC! DISCOUNT on food and merchandise by showing their Circus ticket stub at any participating merchant.  Look for the ‘Participating Merchant Ticket Poster‘ in the windows of your favorite restaurants and shops!  This program is conducted in association with the Chamber of Commerce of the Nyacks.

AGC! was founded by Carlo Pellegrini and Janet Hayes and started as a youth group’s project to send a message
of hope to the community after the tragic events of 9/11/2001.  Eight years later, the organization has grown into a year-round, not for profit organization offering circus-based programming to children and youth throughout the tri-state area.  Troupe members volunteer an average of 100 community service hours each year.

Director Carlo Pellegrini’s background as a professional in the circus arts (Big Apple Circus, Royal
Lichtenstein Circus, TV, movies) provides the inspiration for the AGC! curriculum and events.

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