The Museum of Natural History is hitting the streets of Halifaxwith a children’s circus parade on Saturday, Aug. 23. It’s partof the museum’s program focusing on the World Circus exhibitvisiting from the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau,Que. For more than 200 years the circus parade was a powerful andalluring advertising tool used by the travelling circus to drawcustomers to performances under the “Big Top.” Before television,the circus and its parade was the “piece de resistance” ofentertainment. Historically, the parade included a procession of clowns,musicians, live exotic animals and fantastic and beautifullydecorated wagons. It wound through the city, ending at the showlot. “Our museum parade will also be a thrilling kaleidoscope ofcolour, sights and sounds,” said Alex Wilson, manager ofinterpretation at the museum. “Children can decorate theirtricycles, wagons or scooters. With music-makers and favouritestuffed animal toys, we will create our own version of a circusparade.” To help get ready for the parade, a decorating workshop will beheld from 10 a.m to noon. The museum is supplying all of theaccessories to adorn wagons or tricycles. Funny clown faces willbe provided by Rosie Facepainting. The sidewalk-parade begins at around 1 p.m. at the Museum ofNatural History and will proceed along Summer Street, SackvilleStreet and Bell Road. Children interested in joining can call themuseum at 902-424-3563. “Everyone loves a parade, and although our’s may be a tad modestcompared to that of Barnum and Bailey’s, it’s going to be greatfun,” said Mr. Wilson.