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The way it was: Shrine Circus parade 1955

The way it was: Shrine Circus parade -- 1955

Jun 3, 2013 - Staff

The Shrine Circus comes to Fremont County later this month, continuing a June tradition more than half a century in the making.

Part of the annual fun is the Shrine Circus Parade, and the 1955 installment was a big one.

Dozens of costumed youngsters marched alongside circus performers for an appreciative audience lining the streets in downtown Riverton.

Even the circus elephants got into the act, parading along Main Street with the pachyderms holding in their trunks the tails of those in front.

The "human cannonball" parade entry helped ensure a big crowd for the first of three performances at the Fremont County Fairgrounds arena.

Lander's Shrine Club was well-represented. Here, engineer Ezra Lyons drove the street-worthy train with a load of happy kids aboard, pictured on June 22, 1955.

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