Ramos Bros. circus arrives in Glendale

Workers prepare to raise the structure for the Ramos Bros. Circus at the Civic Auditorium parking lot in Glendale on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / November 13, 2013)

Despite some construction issues, the tent for the Ramos Bros. Circus went up Wednesday, just in time for performances to begin this Thursday.

While there will be free shows for needy kids like last year, there won’t be any camels, such as Atula, who escaped from the circus causing a ruckus on a Glendale street last November.

The circus can have cats and dogs, but no other animals. The camel slip-up was part of what prompted city officials to ask that the circus owners refrain from bringing animals this year and a last-minute plea to City Council didn’t change the city’s decision.

Brad Wright, a former National Basketball Assn. player and a part owner of the circus, said he was glad the show is moving forward, despite setbacks.

“I want to make sure I’ve done everything so that the kids have a great experience,” Wright said.

The circus is slated to run from Nov. 14 to Dec. 1, and costs $25 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the circus at 1401 N. Verdugo Road.

-- Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com

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