LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- If you were on the streets of downtown Louisville around lunchtime Wednesday you might have gotten stopped for an elephant crossing. It was a hard to miss way of saying "the circus is in town."
Excited fans greeted the stars of what Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus calls 'The Greatest Show on Earth.'
Police shut down Broadway, Roy Wilkins, Market and Third streets as the elephants made their way to the KFC Yum! Center. Parents were snapping pictures and kids looked on eagerly as the elephants unloaded.
There was a general consensus among the younger parade watchers.
“It was cool because they're elephants and they're not really in the streets so much," Brady Ryder, 9, said.
“I thought it was really cool that they came in the middle of the street and stopped all the traffic," his sister Emma said.
“They were really cool. I love elephants they're kind of my favorite animal," Courtney Sandy, 8, said.
The Ringling Brothers staff says the parade is a chance for the animal performers to stretch their legs after a long ride. But they admit it’s also a perfect marketing plan for this year's show called “Dragons."
“There's courage, there's strength [and] there's wisdom, everything a dragon needs. You'll see a lot of that fire, that fantasy, that fun when you come to the show," Ringling Brothers spokesperson Crystal Drake, said.
The show starts running on Thursday at the KFC Yum! Center. If you missed Wednesday’s parade, the animals will also be walking back to the train station at about six Sunday evening.
Click here to see photos of the elephant walk.
Circus performances are scheduled to begin Thursday evening.