Jun 27, 2013 8:04 AM by Kristen Holloway

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Organizers Let Us Get Up Close and Personal

As you know it's circus time and Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey organizers let us get up close and personal. We were able to meet the shows animal trainer, a Florida native who says her family's love for circus goes back further than you can imagine.

Clowns, acrobats, jugglers, Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey takes you on a magical journey.

"I was born into the circus literally I came from seven generations of circus performers. My family dates back to the 1600's in England in the circus," said Animal Trainer Catherine Carden.

But what you don't see is the rigorous training these performers go through.

"You have to workout, you have tor train daily and it takes a lot of dedication and time. Its not just a job its basically our life, we grow up in it. It's a family tradition and its passed on from generation to generation at least in my case," said Carden.

Growing up Cathy Carden says there were always animals around the house. She was riding a horse before she was walking.

"I was one of those animal nutty kids who just loved every animal and I rescued animals that were stranded and raised baby birds and raised animals," said Carden.

When they aren't traveling from city to city, all the animals in this years circus live on a farm with Cathy's family in Missouri.

"I take a lot of pride in what I do, plus its a lot of fun, we get to travel all over the place," said Carden.

and when she is here in Lafayette, she has a definite favorite.

"We have meche's donuts!," said Carden.



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