Florida Senate - 2014                            (NP)    SR 1736
       By Senator Detert
       28-03976-14                                           20141736__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing April 19, 2014, as “World
    3         Circus Day” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, the circus is a beloved and enduring art form and
    6  part of our nation’s rich cultural heritage, and
    7         WHEREAS, for more than 200 years, the circus has
    8  entertained generations of American families with amazing feats
    9  of physical skill, comedy, theater, and music, while exposing us
   10  to the cultures and wonders of the world, and
   11         WHEREAS, the circus continues to amaze and inspire children
   12  of all ages by bridging generations and cultures in the pursuit
   13  of the very best in circus arts and skills, and
   14         WHEREAS, the circus plays an important role in the
   15  conservation of endangered species by exposing people to the
   16  intelligence, strength, and agility of its amazing animal
   17  partners while drawing public attention to the need to protect
   18  and preserve these species, and
   19         WHEREAS, Florida is home to many of the best known and
   20  longest operating circuses in the nation, including Ringling
   21  Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, and is home to the nation’s longest
   22  running youth training program, the Sailor Circus, and
   23         WHEREAS, the Circus Arts Conservatory in Southwest Florida
   24  is home to the preservation and presentation of the circus arts
   25  in the following areas: performance, training, outreach, and
   26  legacy, and
   27         WHEREAS, Florida is also home to the John and Mable
   28  Ringling Museum of Art and the Circus Museum in Sarasota, one of
   29  the premier circus museums in the world, and
   30         WHEREAS, the World Circus Federation was created in 2008
   31  under the patronage of Princess Stephanie of Monaco to honor the
   32  legacy of her late father, Prince Rainier, III, a patron of
   33  circus arts and culture, and
   34         WHEREAS, the North American delegate to the federation is
   35  the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, based in Winter
   36  Park, which represents many circuses throughout Florida and the
   37  United States, and
   38         WHEREAS, the federation established World Circus Day as an
   39  opportunity for communities around the world to celebrate their
   40  rich circus culture and heritage, and
   41         WHEREAS, Florida should be recognized and celebrated for
   42  its unique role as the circus capital of the world, NOW,
   45  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   47         That April 19, 2014, is recognized as “World Circus Day” in
   48  Florida and all Floridians are encouraged to celebrate, promote,
   49  and preserve the rich circus culture and history of this state.